David Pastrnak (FILE/JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)

The 2014 NHL Rookie Tournament is underway and the Bruins’ team lost to the Florida Panthers 2-0 in Game 1. I’m personally not going to read too much into this game; it’s just fun tournament to display some of the exciting young talent in the league.

What I will read into, however, is how the organization views some of these players and what their expectations are in them. What struck me in Game 1 was that they had 2014 First Round draft pick David Pastrnak play first line center. Pastrnak impressed everyone in Development Camp with his stick skills and skating abilities and has a solid chance to make the NHL roster as an 18-year old.

However, Pastrnak was drafted as a right winger. Why would they move him out of his natural position when that position is exactly what the Bruins need? The B’s already have extensive depth at center in Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Carl Soderberg, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campell and Ryan Spooner.

What we don’t have depth in is skilled wingers. After a gaping hole in the offense left by Jarome Iginla‘s departure, the Bruins are a little thin in that category. Furthermore, the only right handed forwards on the Bruins’ roster right now are centers Bergeron and Krejci. That’s insane.

So why the Bruins’ development coaches would opt to move a super talented young prospect from a position they need to a position they have great depth in beyond me. Could they possibly be moving a center like Kelly or Spooner and want to see if Pastrnak can excel in that position? Or maybe there’s an undisclosed injury we don’t know about.

Maybe I am reading a bit too much into this… it’s just one game in a rookie tournament. However, it just doesn’t make sense to me and if this continues going forward it is definitely something to watch.

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2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Goalies

September 10, 2014 at 11:38am in Bruins, Featured, Top Story
Tuukka Rask (espn.go.com)

There are only a handful of teams in the league that can boast having an elite goaltender who is in the prime of his career, and the Bruins are fortunate enough to be one of them. Tuukka Rask has been a rock between the pipes for the Black and Gold over the past several seasons, and he is poised to continue that success through 2014-2015 and beyond.

The Finnish netminder is 27 this year, entering the second year of his 8 year contract worth $56 million. It’s a hefty sum, but the salary cap is only going up. In 3 years, when goalies are hitting the free agency market and signing deals for $10 million or more, Rask’s cap hit of $7 million is going to look like a steal. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli tends to get ahead on these kinds of things.

When you look at his stats, Rask is arguably the best goaltender in the world. He led the league in all categories during the regular season last year and even though the Bruins had an early exit, he still posted a cool 1.99 GAA and .928 SV% in the playoffs. Continue reading 2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Goalies »

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David Krejci (sportsthenandnow.com)

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has locked up yet another key franchise piece in David Krejci, extending him through the 2020-2021 season. Krejci will have a cap hit of $7.25 million and a no-move clause through the first four years of the deal.

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Great deal. Chiarelli likes to lock up his key guys before their contracts are up, as he did with Patrice Bergeron. In Krejci, the Bruins get a number 1 center capable of playing against the league’s best night in and night out. He’s also a proven playoff performer, as he led the postseason in points when the B’s won in 2011. Continue reading Analysis: Bruins extend David Krejci for 6 more years »

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Carol Vadnais

Carol Vadnais, a six-time all-star who played more 1,000 career games, has died. He was 68.

Vadnais played for the B’s from 1971-1976 and was a key cog on the B’s 1972 Stanley Cup-winning team.

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Tuukka Rask

Tuuka Rask can literally stop shots fired out of a cannon. When Zdeno Chara, owner of the NHL’s hardest slap shot, is on your team this is exactly the type of hyperbole that one could expect to hear about Rask. But after a charity game in Finland some Boston fan may actually claim this to be true.

The video which can be seen below shows Rask stopping a shot from a military style cannon fired from the blue line. Chara’s hardest shot may clock in at a little over 108 mph but it must be just slightly more intimidating to stare down the barrel of a cannon before it’s about to fire. Continue reading Video: Tuukka Rask is More Invincible Than You Thought »

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Peter Chiarelli (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has caught a lot of flak from B’s fans this summer for what has amounted to an uneventful offseason since being soundly beaten by the Canadiens in the second round. Arguments have been tossed around that he his too loyal to his “core” guys and that a few bad contracts are hurting the B’s cap situation. While there may be some validity to these arguments, in truth Chiarelli has done a masterful job in piecing together an elite roster.

As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Just because the Bruins got bounced in the second round by their kryptonite Montreal doesn’t mean that they have something fundamentally wrong with their line-up. This is a team that finished first in the regular season and made a solid playoff push despite starting four rookie defensemen. Continue reading Quiet Off-Season Best Option for Bruins »

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Well, it’s only day two of the NHL free agency, and already things are getting a little intense. Day one of the free agency showed us several moves that occurred impacting the Boston Bruins, which leads one to believe that there is more to come.

1. Money talks- One of many signings to occur this week was Jarome Iginla leaving the Boston Bruins and heading west, where he signed a 3-year, $16 million dollar deal with the Colorado Avalanche. Continue reading Jarome Iginla Departs Bruins in Flurry of Moves Across NHL »

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