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.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

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Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.