Krejci a game-time decision; Kampfer return 'likely'


Krejci a game-time decision; Kampfer return 'likely'

BOSTON -- The Bruins look like they may get a couple of new faces in the lineup for tonights tilt against a confident, loose Maple Leafs bunch at TD Garden.

David Krejci ran through line drills centering Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron during morning skate, and is a game time decision for the Bruins attempting to return from a core injury. If Krejci cant go then it appears Peverley will center a third line with Benoit Pouliot and Caron on either side of him.

Julien also said that Steve Kampfer is likely to play in his first game of the season after making it through morning skate, and looking sufficiently healed from a sprained MCL in his left knee.

I dont know if Im playing tonight. Its Claudes decision, but Im going to prepare tonight as if I were playing, said Kampfer. Ill be ready to go and its one of those things where Ill find out after warm-ups. Im looking forward to hopefully getting back in there.

The likelihood was made all the greater when the Bs announced that Matt Bartkowski was being assigned to the Providence Bruins Thursday morning after struggling in a handful of games as Bostons seventh defenseman. If for any reason Kampfer cant go then the Bruins could execute an emergency call-up from their AHL farm club.

Adam McQuaid was once again missing from morning skate at the Garden, and Julien confirmed that hes out for tonights game against the Leafs. But Julien maintained that the rangy defenseman is still day-to-day despite the fact hes been missing from the ice for three straight skating sessions.

McQuaid is not going to play tonight; he continues to be day-to-day, said Julien. Kampfer is likely tonight and Krejci will be a game time decision. Youll probably see Kampfer in unless something happens during the day that disallows me from using him. Then wed have a guy with an hours drive from Providence to get here, so it wouldnt be an issue.

The message for Bartkowski on his way down to Providence after failing to gain the confidence of the Bs coaching staff in three separate chances in the Bs lineup: speed up the decision-making and pacing.

He just needs to play a little bit more. I thought his training camp was extremely good. He just has to go and play, and make some quicker decisions with the puck and knowing what to do when he gets it, said Julien. The pace in this league is quicker. At times we felt like he was a little slow-reacting, and that got him into trouble at times. More playing time will help him with that.

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future. 

The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team. 

Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now. 

“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”

McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.