Familiar with Bruins' system, Peverley fits right in

Familiar with Bruins' system, Peverley fits right in
February 20, 2011, 9:31 pm
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By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- All Rich Peverley wants to do is fit in and fill a role.

The newly-acquired forward practiced with the Bruins Sunday for the first time since being traded from the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday.

Unlike Tomas Kaberle, he didn't play on Friday night in Ottawa. And unlike Kaberle, his role, entering Boston, isn't to be a force on the team's top power-play unit.

But after skating with his new club on Sunday, Peverley's role is at least penciled in, as coach Claude Julien said after practice that he'll play the left wing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder.

He'll be taking the spot of Blake Wheeler, who was traded to the Thrashers, along with defenseman Mark Stuart. Peverley has 14 goals and 20 assists in 59 games this season, as opposed to Wheeler's 11 goals and 16 assists in 58 games.

His goal, however, is to be solid on both ends of the ice, something the Bruins are looking for more of down the stretch.

"I've always tried to chip in, offensively, but at the same time, I thought I could be a pretty good defensive player," said Peverley. "I think this year, my plus-minus isn't the greatest, so it's been tough . . . That's the part of my game that I always try to work on and get better at.

"Offensively, I try to use my speed, and get as many shots as I can. At the same time, I want to create offense."

Peverley will be able to do that under a system that he knows pretty well, thanks to Atlanta coach Craig Ramsay, who took Julien's system with him to the Thrashers this season, after three season's as Boston's assistant coach.

"Their system, in Atlanta, is almost identical to ours," said Julien. "I just went through it with Peverley. Basically, Ramsay, obviously, didn't mind the way we were playing here, enough that he brought it with him. They're doing a lot of the same things, over there."

That will make it easier for Peverley to fit in, and help the Bruins reach their ultimate goal.

"The trade was a bit of a surprise, but Craig Ramsey told me I was going to a team that has a chance to win," said Peverley. "It's a great thrill to play with a really historic organization, and coming to a team that has a chance to go pretty far in the playoffs.

"Ramsey brought some things that were some adjustments for guys in Atlanta. There was a little bit of a period there where guys were having some time to adjust. But having that familiarity with a guy that was here last year, I think that definitely helps."

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