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Griffith inviting some solid comparisons at Bruins camp

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Griffith inviting some solid comparisons at Bruins camp

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Boston Bruins as with most other NHL scouting and development departments -- commonly use current NHL players when projecting their own prospects and draft picks.

What is uncommon is for those projections to be tossed out to the media freely while putting expectations and comparisons next to that particular young hockey player. But Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney didnt hesitate in dropping a Ray Whitney parallel to Bruins fifth round pick Seth Griffith after watching the first couple days of Bruins Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena.

Ray Whitneys had a very successful career. I think Griffith has a little bit of blend of those talents. Those types of goals at the OHL level, I think, speak volumes for that type of player that he is, said Sweeney. Hopefully he can go and do that as he moves forward to play against stronger players. We like him, we like the player,

Clearly, developing into a Whitney level of playmaker and scorer is the dream scenario for the Bruins as the NHL veteran is still going strong at 40 years old with over 1,000 points in 20 seasons. But the name creates an image of the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Griffith that is backed up ever so slightly by the 45 goals and 85 points he racked up for the London Knights this season.

We look at it and say, well maybe we should have drafted him last year if he was going to go and have that many goals. You look and say, okay, hes a year older and he should have put up those goals, said Sweeney. Theres always a dynamic youre trying to balance with, you know -- is he gonna gethe might not get bigger, is he gonna get faster?

He already shoots the puck great, so is that shot good enough at the NHL level?
At 5-foot-9 and 180-pounds, Griffith wasnt the fastest, the biggest or the strongest player that the Bruins drafted last weekend, but the production and the quick comparisons to players like Ray Whitney can be intriguing among Bostons current crop of prospects.

Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

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Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks. 

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