Player News - Bruins

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Bartkowski will test the open market on Wednesday.

Boston GM Don Sweeney confirmed that Bartkowski will become an unrestricted free agent. He picked up four assists, 88 hits and a minus-6 rating in 47 games with the Bruins last season.
Jun 30 - 1:19 PM

Sean Kuraly has been acquired by Boston from San Jose.

He was sent to the Bruins, along with a first-round pick in 2016, for goaltender Martin Jones. Kuraly, who still has to be signed, just completed his third season with Miami University (Ohio). He posted 19 goals and 29 points in 40 games. Kuraly was chosen in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Sharks.
Jun 30 - 1:13 PM

Zac Rinaldo has been shipped to the Boston Bruins for a third-round draft pick in 2017.

He earned one goal, five assists and 102 penalty minutes in 58 games last season as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Rinaldo has amassed 572 minutes in the sin bin over 223 matches with Philly in four seasons.
Jun 29 - 4:00 PM

Boston Bruins draft pick Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson said he models his game after Patrice Bergeron.

The Bruins selected Forsbacka-Karlsson with the 45th overall pick on Saturday afternoon. "One of the players that I watch the most is Patrice Bergeron. He’s one of the guys I try to learn a lot from and a guy who does the right things on the ice," said the Swede. "It’s just the way he impacts the game. Whether he scores or not, he can make a difference for his team. He can help his team in so many ways. He can win faceoffs, he can set up his teammates, he can score goals."
Jun 28 - 10:35 AM

Brandon Carlo said he's excited to be a member of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m lost for words at the moment. I thought I’d be able to handle myself, but I can’t really think. I’m just happy to be a Bruin," said Carlo. The 6'5 blueliner said he models his game after Marc Staal of the New York Rangers, which means he will be more of a stay-at-home defenseman than a point producer. "I’d say I’m more of a defensive defenseman. I do a good job in the defensive zone," said Carlo. "I do a good job handling that. I’m a shutdown guy and I’m reliable on the penalty kill. I think there are some things I can work on, but I’m looking forward to getting those aspects of the game and hopefully being in the Bruins lineup in the next couple of years."
Jun 28 - 10:25 AM

The Boston Bruins drafted defenseman Brandon Carlo with the 37th pick.

Carlo was the 16th ranked North American skater. He generated 25 points and 90 PIM in 63 games at the WHL level.
Jun 27 - 11:43 AM

One player who certainly seems on the upswing is David Pastrnak.

The trade of Milan Lucic to the Kings certainly solidified his spot on one of Boston's top two lines and the soon-to-be sophomore is a candidate to explode offensively this upcoming season after posting 27 points in 46 games as an 18-year-old rookie. We wouldn't be surprised if Pastrnak registered 60 points with the increased ice time and responsibility he is likely to receive in 2015-16.
Jun 27 - 9:53 AM

Defenseman Jakub Zboril, who was selected by Boston with the 13th overall pick in the entry draft Friday night, is thrilled to be a Bruin.

The hard hitting Czech-born rearguard is jazzed to be on the same team with countryman and NHL star, David Krejci, and emerging winger David Pastrnak, whom he played alongside on some junior teams. "Simply awesome...You're sitting there in the chair just hoping they call your name. Then they call your name and it's awesome," said Zboril. Zboril thinks Boston is a great fit for his style of play. "I think they are a good fit for me. They like to play physical, and everybody plays offense too." Zboril also has some offensive promise but from a fantasy perspective he is likely a few years away from being draft worthy.
Jun 27 - 9:44 AM

There are many hockey experts in Boston who are questioning the Bruins' moves the past 24 hours.

The team traded emerging defenseman Dougie Hamilton and gritty scoring winger Milan Lucic and got a number of draft picks in return that many believed were going to be flipped to move up in the draft to number three so that they could select one of defensemen Noah Hanifin or Zach Werenski. That didn't happen. Instead, the Bruins used the picks to select defenseman Jakub Zboril (13th pick), left winger Jake DeBrusk (14th pick) and a surprise pick with Zachary Senyshyn at number 15. Both DeBrusk and Senyshyn were ranked considerably lower than where the Bruins drafted them. It remains to be seen if those who are now criticizing the Bruins will ultimately be proven correct.
Jun 27 - 9:28 AM

The Bruins selected Zach Senyshyn with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 entry draft with the pick they received from the Flames in the Dougie Hamilton deal.

Boston surprised many by selecting the 42nd-rated Senyshyn, who is a big, skilled winger with good hands and skating ability. The 6’2, 195 pounder spent his first full junior season with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2014-15, where he scored 26 goals and 45 points in 66 games. Those numbers may not stand out compared to other offensive-minded players in this draft class, but when you consider that Senyshyn played mostly in a bottom-six role on a stacked Greyhounds team, his production appears to be more than reasonable. The native of Ottawa, Ontario will surely need more time in the junior ranks, but we should see a sizeable spike in his OHL numbers next season. He appears to have all the tools to develop into a top-six winger at the NHL level, but it won't be this season.
Jun 26 - 8:49 PM

The Boston Bruins have chosen Jake DeBrusk with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

What DeBrusk lacks in size, he makes up for with hard work and the will to battle in the dirty areas on the ice. The 5’11," 170-pound left winger has a knack for scoring and finding open ice in the offensive zone. DeBrusk is a natural sniper who has exceptional creativity and individual skill with his greatest strength being his compete level. Even though the 18-year-old, Edmonton-born forward doesn’t play a physical game, he will out work his opponents and is able to put up some big time scoring numbers as evident by his team-leading 42 goals and 81 points scored for the Swift Current Broncos in 72 WHL games last season. The son of former NHL player, Louie DeBrusk, he can create havoc on the forecheck and force defenders into making poor, rushed decisions that lead to goals for DeBrusk. He is an ultra-competitive, two-way forward who could eventually turn into a Zach Parise-type player down the line for the Bruins.
Jun 26 - 8:39 PM

The Boston Bruins have taken Jakub Zboril with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bruins acquired the 13th overall pick from Los Angeles as part of the Milan Lucic trade. Zboril could be this year’s home run draft pick as he has the potential to be the complete package. He is one of the smarter players in the draft class and does all the little things right. The 6’2" Czech-born defenseman is not afraid to get nasty and has no problem defending his teammates as evident by his 73 penalty minutes in 44 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL last season. But don’t let that paint the full picture of who Zboril is as he tallied 13 goals, which is a franchise record for a rookie defenseman, and 33 points with a plus-two rating last season. Zboril’s biggest asset may be his positional play as he is very sound in all three areas of the ice. He carries a very high ceiling and scouts have compared his style of game to Keith Yandle's.
Jun 26 - 8:35 PM

Colin Miller will join Martin Jones and the 13th overall draft pick in a trade going to the Bruins for Milan Lucic.

The 22-year-old prospect broke out for AHL Manchester in 2014-15, scoring 19 goals and 52 points in 70 games for the Kings' affiliate. He followed it up with a two goal and 10 point performance over 19 playoff games. Not too shabby for the former 151st overall pick in 2012. Miller carries a cap hit of $602,500 at the NHL level for one more season.
Jun 26 - 5:14 PM

Adam McQuaid has agreed to a four-year, $11 million with the Boston Bruins.

Not to turn the theme of the day into being hard on Boston, but that's a lot of money to throw at a 28-year-old bottom-two defenseman that has only reached the 70 games played mark once in his career. It's particularly eyebrow raising given the Bruins' rough cap situation that just led to them trading blueliner Dougie Hamilton for a collection of draft picks. That aside, McQuaid has an opportunity to play a bigger role with Boston with Hamilton gone and Zdeno Chara moving further into the twilight of his career. He isn't much help offensively, but fantasy owners should note that he is a source of PIM as he was charged with 85 in 63 games last season.
Jun 26 - 4:10 PM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney feels Carl Soderberg's departure has created an opportunity for Ryan Spooner.

That meshes with Bruins coach Claude Julien's statements a couple weeks ago, reinforcing the idea that the third line center job is Spooner's to lose. Spooner had eight goals and 18 points in 29 games with Boston in 2014-15. He also had 26 points in 34 AHL contests.
Jun 26 - 9:36 AM


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