Prospect Info: Bruins Prospects IX - Stay on Subject!

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  1. BruinDust

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    Exactly, business, even sports business, is all about relationship building. GMs, coaches, players, agents, etc. If a team can help a player get a better opportunity elsewhere that they can't offer within their organization, to me the long-term benefits of helping that player find an opportunity goes a long-way in the bigger picture to running an organization with a positive culture. What goes around comes around as they say.

    Sure, sometimes it's not possible, sometimes tough decisions need to be made, but by and large I think most GMs are good guys and want to see everyone succeed in their professional life to a certain degree.
     
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    The three names that you should look into are Asselin, Lauko, Studnicka, and Keyser. Asselin is a guy who just recently signed with the P-Bruins after being undrafted. He put up strong numbers this year and had a solid playoff run with Halifax. Lauko meanwhile opened some eyes this season and had a strong Memorial Cup where he led the team in scoring en route to winning the whole thing. Studnicka is a name you will hear often since he is the best forward prospect in the system. He was solid for the Generals and then really turned it on when he was traded to Niagara. He also had a strong postseason for both the Ice Dogs and P-Bruins. Finally Keyser is the odd one out in that he is a Goalie. He was playing out his mind until Studnicka was traded then cooled off. He had a hell of a playoffs in which he willed the Generals to the third round.
     
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    My sentiment exactly, including that sometimes hard decisions need to be made.
    I know it's the prospect thread and I'm derailing it a bit but...
    You used to move guys for 'future considerations' which was pretty much just allowing guys to have a fresh start or better opportunity. It's also why I appreciate when they give guys PTOs even if they have no intention of signing them as possibly another team will. And why teams let assistant coaches out of their contracts if they have an opportunity to be a head coach. Or why they moved Aaron Ward to Carolina. and it's returned in things like Iginla giving them all the time in the world that summer to try and figure out a way to keep him before signing with Colorado. It's why players like Krug and Wheeler picked Boston. Or why Louie Eriksson waived his NTC for Boston. Why Tavares and Kovy had them on their short list of teams. How they've re-upped guys to some fantastic contracts.

    - It's the same approach I have to John Moore. He's too good to be a healthy scratch and wouldn't be for nearly every other team in the league. He's drawing a nice cheque and is a valuable player to have - but if he's your 8th d-man next year you talk to him and allow him the courtesy of deciding whether he wants to stay with the organization or move to a team where he would be a full-time top 4 d-man and then you do your best to accommodate and don't worry about the return as it shows class and respect even if it weakens your team a bit.

    And it starts with how you treat your young players and prospects.
     
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    Absolutely. The fan in me wants them to keep Moore, because he's a good D-man. But I can also see them moving him if it's his desire to do go somewhere where he will play everyday.

    The culture of this organization as done a complete 360 since the salary cap was introduced. And it shows with the number of players who now see Boston and the Bruins as a desirable organization to play for.
     
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    Re Keyser: Actually the other way around. He was playing out of his mind after Studnicka was traded. Hands down the team's MVP.
     
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    I probably worded that wrong. He was 100% the reason they did anything this season but his numbers did take a dip after the trade if I remember correctly
     
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    Thanks. Familiar with Studnicka, although like I mentioned I never followed anyone outside of the NHL the last few months and didn't even realize he played for Providence in the playoffs. Didn't even know they signed Asselin. And never watched two seconds of the Memorial Cup this year. I'll check things out. I'm usually slightly more informed but between The Bruins run and my actual life I'm pretty oblivious at the moment. I wanted to watch some P-Bruins games as I was interested to see how Lauzon and Zboril looked out there.
     
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    I posted the numbers way back in this thread.

    Numbers without context though are tough especially when fans don't have access to advanced stats.

    Shots against, shot quality, pk shots against were all up and his save percentage went up after the trade
     
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    I do remember reading that and I thought that his GAA and save percentage went down instead but I'm at that age where my memory is turning to mush.
    He signed on the 6th this month so it is pretty recent but that was while the cup was going on so completely understandable if you missed.
     
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    Yep - on both points.
    And for as much heat as Chiarelli gets he deserves a tonne of credit for changing the culture and outside view of the organization.
    Always think Sinden was one of the great G.M.s but in his last few year's and through O'Connell's tenure The Bruins' stature throughout the league had really taken a hit but during The Cap Era, despite a few high profile trades that never panned out, they've been pretty much the poster-child for how to properly run a team.

    I think trading Hamilton is another example of a properly run organization. People might not agree - but I'm always of the mind-set that if a player doesn't want to be part of your organization, you don't draw it out and create drama. Turn the page as quickly and quietly as you can. Get what you can but don't let it drag on while you're looking for the perfect return.
    Same as why I want playoffs every year, for the current and the future, as compared to the 'high pick' crowd. Create the culture and good things will happen.
     
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    BruinsDust, arider, Dom - Thanks.
    This thread was the perfect tonic for me this morning. - before the kids drag me down to CarFree Day for Father's Day.
     
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    I am of the same thought process. If a guy wants to go, doesn't want to be part of what the team is building, then trade him and move on if you can find even a reasonable return. I'm not keeping him around just to squeeze a fellow GM for a extra draft pick. I see more benefit to cutting ties and allowing both parties to move forward. I'd point to Colorado and Duchene as exhibit A. Vancouver and it's handling of Luongo as Exhibit B.

    Enjoy CarFree Day!
     
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    What do we think about potentials for breaking the lineup in the fall?

    Studnicka?
    Seny?
    Lauzon?
     
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    Without having much to base my opinion on (as if that ever stopped me before).

    Senyshyn - he may not break camp but if he doesn't push for a job this fall and be among the last cuts, I'll be disappointed considering he's in his final year of his ELC and going into his 5th season since being drafted

    Lauzon - Depends on the situation on D at that time. Who returns, who's ready to go as Moore and Miller may not be ready for opening day. He's got a good shot, he's looked good in his stints in Boston and in both of the last pre-seasons.

    Studnicka - They can afford to be patient with him, I don't think they need to rush him. But like Debrusk in 2017, to me he could be a darkhorse to claim a job right out of camp, especially if they are willing to try him on RW.
     
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    I'm hoping Bjork has put his injuries behind him and nails down a spot on the wing. I'm guessing he has a better chance to make it than other forward prospects.
     
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    the Lauzon situation is tricky because I think his skillset is going to be really valuable to them after Chara retires, but timing-wise I think Lauzon would be better served if he was a regular in the lineup right away. I'm hoping the extra year of waiting for a regular roster spot doesn't stunt his growth because I really do think he'll be a perfect fit to eat a lot of the defensive minutes Chara does today.
     
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    the fortunate thing about the nature of his injuries is that they won't hurt his skating. I do worry about his shot which was already not his biggest asset. He looked to be much stronger on the puck at the start of this season so I'm hoping a silver lining in all this is that he has just continued to spend time in the gym & has added even more muscle.
     
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    I've always been a fan of Lauzon's game. I think he could end up a very solid defender who can do a bit of everything.
     
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    I think it'll be very tough for a prospect to break this line-up. Assuming all your RFA's come back, there isn't very much room for guys...

    Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak
    DeBrusk - Krejci - ???
    ??? - Coyle - Heinen
    Nordstrom - Kuraly - Wagner

    Chara - McAvoy
    Krug - Carlo
    Grz - Clifton

    ^This also doesn't include Kuhlman, Miller or Moore (all under contract).

    So defensively the only spot that could be up for grabs is the #3RD spot (Clifton). Miller is a RHD and Moore can play the right side, so I'd say barring a trade, Lauzon would need to leap frog at least 3 d-men. As for the forwards, I don't know how much I'm comfortable with banking on a rookie to play the #2RW. I will say, you can really start playing with some guys because of versatility and make some interesting combo's....


    Marchand - Bergeron - Bjork/Studnicka/Senyshyn
    DeBrusk - Krejci - Pastrnak
    Heinen - Coyle - Senyshyn/Studnicka/Bjork
    Nordstrom - Kuraly - Wagner

    Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak
    DeBrusk - Krejci - Coyle
    Heinen - Studnicka/Frederic - Kuhlman/Senyshyn
    Nordstrom - Kuraly - Wagner

    Marchand - Bergeron - Studnicka
    Heinen - Krejci - Pastrnak
    DeBrusk - Coyle - Senyshyn
    Nordstrom - Kuraly - Wagner

    Then you have a guy like Cehlarik (although I think he's going to be dealt this off-season) who could slot on either wing. Frederic I only have in here at Center, but he can play LW as well. Simply put, we have a lot of guys that could make this team, its just a matter of what Sweeney and Co do this off-season for signings/trades. If I was going to say top 3 guys to have a chance to make the Bruins

    Senyshyn
    Studnicka
    Lauko

    I put Lauko in there because he could be a 4th line guy right now. Good forechecker, brings the energy every shift, good defensively and has offensive upside. If he comes to camp and wows, I could see him as someone who gets an early season look. Maybe you slot him #3LW if he continues to impress, but the tough part is then you lose Nordstrom (a very good PK guy).
     
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    Chances of Khokhlachev coming back before his 2021 deadline?

    If his game is still there, haven’t been following him much recently.
     
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    Can't wait to see the prospects next week.
     
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    Wow, is it really next week for the prospect camp? Where does the time go?
     
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    Vaak and Lauzon should definitely see some time next season I'd imagine. Whether through injuries, trades freeing up spacing, or winning spots.

    If Bjork can come back from his injury, I think he makes the roster again. My dark horse is Studnicka though.
     
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    I think he does, but it wont be with Boston.
     
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    Wow, I didn't realize the draft was this weekend lol
     
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