Fifteen thoughts from Bruins BlackWhite scrimmage

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Fifteen thoughts from Bruins BlackWhite scrimmage

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

PROVIDENCE - Here are ten thoughts from the first period of the BlackWhite scrimmage with the Black team holding a slim 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes.

1) Alex Khokhlachev has been a little hit or miss as the youngest plauer in Bruins camp, but he showed exactly what makes him special in the first real game action. Koko took a pass from Dennis Seidenberg after the defenseman carried the puck into the corner, and clinked a sniper shot just under the cross bar for the game's first goal. While Khokhlachev still has work to do in order to become a finished product, he flashed early tonight.

2) Loudest ovations for Brad Marchand, Tim Thomas and Johnny Boychuk during the pregame introductions here in Providence. The certainly love their former P-Bruins here at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

3) Dougie Hamilton looked a little nervous early, but he settled down nicely as the first period moved on. Hamilton threw a nice hip check in front of the White bench that served notice he already knows how to use his 6-foot-5 frame.

4) Good effort and fore-checking from Max Sauve while skating on a kiddie line with Jared Knight and David Krejci. It's pretty clear Krejci is enjoying some of the young offensive weapons being trotted out during training camp.

5) No goals allowed and six saves by Tim Thomas in his first 20 minutes of hockey this season. He's clearly well on his way to another Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanely Cup.

Here are five thoughts from the second period of the Bruins Black and White scrimmage at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence with the score tied up at 1-1 after 40 minutes.

1) Dont tell NHL graybeard Chris Clark that this is just a friendly scrimmage. Clark is playing like he wants a job and upped his intensity in the second period. Clark and Tyler Seguin banged around in the corner during one exchange with Seguin falling to the ice while losing puck possession and then slamming his stick to the boards after he made it back to the bench. Then Clark took a couple of wild two-handed chops at Colby Cohen in the closing seconds of the second period and was whistled off for slashing. Thats the kind of intensity that the feel-good Bruins camp can certainly use.

2) Ryan Spooner tucked a puck underneath Tim Thomas pads early in the second period, and simply continues to create offense whenever hes on the ice. The 19-year-old might end up headed back to junior hockey at the end of camp, but hes going to make the decision ultra-tough fro the Bs front office.

3) Brad Marchand and David Krejci opened the second period as a penalty killing unit and looked like it was man against boys as they played keep away with the Black Team on the man advantage. Thats a skilled, gritty combo to look at as regular PK partners that could really be lethal to teams trying to attack with a sloppy power play.

4) Heavy hitting by Matt Bartkowski on Jared Knight that knocked the 19-year-olds helmet off by the side boards. Bartkowski is a guy that needs to step up and be noticed this season at training camp, and thats a good way to have it happen after he appeared a little overmatched during his short NHL stints.

5) A too many men on the ice penalty for assistant coach Geoff Wards White Team at the end of the second period. Does that mean Claude Julien will make Ward skate a few Herbies at practice tomorrow?

Here are five thoughts from third period of the BlackWhite scrimmage with the Black Team taking the 4-1 victory at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

1) Two goals for Alex Khokhlachev tonight. He's showed the ability to finish and the willingness to attack the net as advertised. May not be much of a practice player at this point, but he showed up tonight.

2) A couple of assists for Colby Cohen, who looks like he could help the defensemen corps at some point with his good vision and creativity.

3) Looked like Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley were going at it a bit there in the third period after Looch was called for a boarding penalty. Might as well start getting their nasty up now.

4) Good look by Tyler Seguin on Lane MacDermid backdoor goal in the third period. Pretty one-sided for the Black Team throughout the game.

5) Anton Khudobin didn't have a ton of shots against, but he keeps stopping pucks just like the guy he's sometimes compared to: Tim Thomas.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

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.