BruinsFlames: 5 from the Second

BruinsFlames: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comCALGARY Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Flames by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It appears that the Bruins are cooling off a Calgary team thats 7-1-2 in their last 10 games with their new look lineup.1)Bruins getting outshot 22-17 over the first two periods, but theyre still hanging in there. Its a testament to some timely defense like Zdeno Chara breaking up an Alex Tanguay breakaway from behind and sterling goaltending from Tim Thomas thus far.2)The sheer number of quality chances that the Bruins are getting with Tomas Kaberle running the point on the power play is pretty astounding. They didnt score on the first half of the Curtis Glencross PP to end the second period, but the puck movement was better than its been just about all year for the Black and Gold. Kaberle is a keeper for the Bs.3)The Bruins got five shots on net in that final 2:30 of power play time to end the second period. Let that sink in for a bit. The effectiveness of the power play is going to make a big difference for this Bruins team down the stretch.4)Kaberle leading all Bruins with 16:03 of ice time through the first two periods, and hes played every second of the PP for the Bs.5)Tyler Seguin has only played 6:30 of ice time, but had a couple of shots on net and has enjoyed some very solid shifts thus far tonight. He continues to string together strong, competitive performances since the two-game scratch earlier this month.

Kalman: Bruins have to wait for secondary market of defensemen

Kalman: Bruins have to wait for secondary market of defensemen

Matt Kalman provides his take on what the Boston Bruins should do in terms of potentially landing a top defenseman this offseason.

Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

The Lone Star Brahmas aren’t exactly a household name in the junior hockey world, but NAHL team did produce a player worth of a Bruins draft pick last weekend. A 20-year-old defenseman named Cameron Clarke showed his offensive skills and playmaking en route to nine goals and 50 points in 59 games last season for the Brahmas, and continued to add strength to a wiry 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame that still needs to be developed as he heads off to Ferris State University.

The Tecumseh, Michigan native was floored at the prospect of being drafted by the Bruins after he was selected in the fifth round (136th overall) at last weekend’s draft in Buffalo, and excited to see some results for all of his hard work over the last few years.

“It’s a feeling like no other. I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization,” said Clarke, who described himself as a good-skating defenseman and a good puck-mover that models his game after Capitals D-man John Carlson. “It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling.

“I talked to Mr. Sullivan [Bruins Scout Keith Sullivan] I believe it was in December and I knew that they had come watch me play a couple of times so I knew that they were interested. I knew that they were a team that could be a possibility that could be picking me and I’ve always watched hockey and my dad used to be a Bruins fan growing up when he was little [he grew up in Ottawa and was a big Bobby Orr fan], so it’s a great feeling. Boston’s an Original Six franchise. It’s very special, for sure.”

Clarke will obviously take a big step in his development headed to the Ferris State hockey program next season, and the Bruins hope to continue seeing improvements in the size and strength department during his college hockey years.

“We knew there were teams that were there [ready to take him], and our guys really liked him,” said Bruins Director of Scouting Keith Gretzky. “He’s gained a lot of weight in a year-and-a-half, but we know he’s going to take some time. We’re good with that. Our guys really liked him, so we took him.”

The Clarke pick is a pretty low risk/high reward selection that was off the beaten path of the normal OHL/European junior league paths, but it remains to be seen if it will pay dividends later for selecting the over-age player.