BruinsKings: 5 from the Second

BruinsKings: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comLOS ANGELES Here are five thoughts from the second period of Bruins and Kings at the Staples Center with the Bs trailing Los Angeles by a 1-0 score after 40 minutes of play.1)A little more life for the Bruins in the second period, but still not much sustained offense. Claude Julien mixed up the lines again at the end of the period, and moved Michal Ryder up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic while Tyler Seguin was centering Nathan Horton and Blake Wheeler. 2)As expected some real struggles with the power play without Marc Savard there to help distribute and make plays. Bostons best chance was a Zdeno Chara one-timer from the right point that zinged off the outside of the left post with plenty of the net open to shoot at. Patrice Bergeron had frozen Jonathan Quick with a nice shot fake at the left point.3)It appears the LA Kings have adopted a game plan well see more and more of with Steve Kampfer: the Kings are hitting Kampfer hard every chance they can each time he handles the puck. Dustin Brown blasted him up high with a shoulder to the head area in the corner that shook Kampfer up, and slowed him down a little in a few shifts after that. The more success Kampfer has, the more hes going to be met with that punishing physicality.4)Dustin Brown with five hits as he is running around making himself a physical factor. Hes a pretty impressive player.5)Nine giveaways by the Bruins through the first couple of periods tonight thats not going to get it done managing the puck.6)Great job by the Staples Center organist tonight as hes played everything ranging from the Beatles I am the Walrus to the Cantina Band theme song from Star Wars. Thats quite a show of range.

Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."

Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

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Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

CHICAGO – While the Bruins went strong two-way defenseman early in the 2017 NHL Draft, they took a shot at a more offensive-minded Swedish defenseman late with seventh-round pick of Victor Berglund.

The six-foot, 165-pound Berglund clearly has a way to go in physical development and will need to get much bigger and stronger before he’s potentially ready for the North American pro ranks, but B’s assistant GM Scott Bradley raved about the Swedish defenseman’s skill set and potential. He also noted that Boston’s entire European scouting contingent, including former B’s forward PJ Axelsson, were fully on board with taking a flier on a talented player that simply needs to develop in the Swedish hockey system.

“Our Swedish guys were on top of Berglund. They think he’s a mobile D, he’s ultra-skilled and he skates well. He’s a six-footer, but [PJ Axelsson, Svenake Svensson and Victor Nybladh] were all pounding the table for him,” said Bradley. “We went along with it and I think we might have something there. Talking to his strength coach after the fact he’s working on putting some muscle and weight on, so we look forward to seeing him at development camp.”

In 62 games at three different levels, Berglund posted five goals and 18 points last season and displayed the kind of speed, creativity and play-making that one needs from their defensemen in today’s NHL.

"I'm an offensive defenseman, who likes to play with the puck, with a great short pass," said Berglund. "I like to follow the rush up ice and want the puck."

It will be a matter of building size and strength and for Berglund to continue developing his game in Sweden for the time being, but the Bruins are certainly happy with him at the 195th pick in Saturday’s second day of the draft.