By Joe Haggerty
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TORONTO Both defenseman Joe Corvo and center David Krejci took part in the Black and White scrimmage in Providence on Tuesday night, and they have the bumps and bruises to prove it. Corvo will miss a return to his former Ottawa stomping ground with a sore groin, and Krejci missed practice with the same issue -- a common problem among players early in training camp.
Corvo has a tight groin and we pulled him out of the game before anything worse could happen. We're giving him a little bit of rest, said Claude Julien. Its the same thing with David Krejci, so we pulled him off the ice this morning. It's the typical training camp things that happen. We're being more precautionary than taking any risks.
It wasnt all bad health news for the Bs, though.
Zdeno Chara was back on the ice again Wednesday morning at TD Garden with the rest of the Bruins players that werent making the trip to Ottawa, and is once again providing the perfect role model for some of the younger defensemen. It wasnt likely that a little knee bruise was going to keep Chara out for too long, and thats exactly the case.
Chara is getting to a stage in his career where some of the players coming in were pretty young when he broke into the league, said Julien. I think its getting to the point where hes an idol to some of the young guys and they really look up to him. They see him as an idol growing up and they get to play next to him now.
Everybody knows that hes very professional too with the way hes perceived and the way he reacts to things in public. I think some of the young guys are getting a pretty good idea of the ways they should act too.
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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.
CHICAGO – The Bruins aren’t ever going to shy away from big, strong centers with a willingness to play on the physical side, so it was no surprise they selected big French-Canadian center Cedric Pare in the sixth round of the NHL Draft Saturday at the United Center.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Pare was described as “a project” by Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley, who said that he’s looking forward to the big-bodied forward playing a top-six role in the QMJHL next season. Pare had five goals and 16 points in 64 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs before posting three points in 18 playoff games. Bradley said the Bruins hope to see more offense as he gets more exposure as a player.
“Pare is a developed kid that we got in the sixth round. He went to the Memorial Cup and we’ve seen good things from him. We think we got good value there,” said Bradley. “He plays with a lot of energy and I think his skating is undervalued. Over the course of the year he really picked it up with his skating, and his stride has lengthened a little bit. We just like that he plays with energy and he scored in the Memorial Cup despite playing a limited role.
“He was playing on the fourth line last year. I think this year he’ll be playing on one of their top lines as a top-six forward and he’ll get a lot of ice time...hopefully get some good development there.”
Pare indicated that the Bruins had shown interest in him throughout the season and he had an idea the Black and Gold might call his name in the later rounds. While there’s always room in the B’s prospect cupboard for a big-bodied center that plays with plenty of energy, it remains to be seen if Pare was worth using a sixth-round pick on when there are plenty of big-bodied hockey players out there willing to play with energy and aggressiveness.