Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Jeremy Lauzon made his 2019-20 debut on New Year’s Eve in New Jersey. The second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft would play two more games in January before emerging as a regular in Bruce Cassidy’s lineup. From January 31st until March 10th, Lauzon played in 17 games for the club. He mostly occupied a spot on the third-pairing while in the lineup.
The Quebec native started ‘Return to Play’ camp in a similiar role, paired up with Matt Grzelcyk. Both have been healthy throughout camp, allowing them to regain the chemistry they showed in February and early March.
“I was starting to feel really comfortable on that right side with Gryz (Matt Grzelcyk),” Lauzon said on Thursday. “But everyone’s in the same book, same page, so I feel really good right now, for sure. It’s been a four, three and a half months off and I’m just happy to be back here and I think slowly me and Gryz are starting to get some chemistry back during practice. The rhythm’s been pretty good lately so I just try to work hard and get back to where my game was at the pause.”
Jeremy Lauzon will have to work hard if he hopes to remain in the lineup. Connor Clifton and John Moore are both healthy and gunning for his job. It’s a fact that is not lost on the young defensemen.
“Yeah, I think now Cliffy (Connor Clifton) and Mooresy (John Moore) are back at a 100%,” Lauzon admitted. “They’re both really good players. I think we have eight D’s that can really play in the league, so I came here with the mentality that I want to win my spot back and that’s what I try to do every day. Work hard on the ice, off the ice and letting the coach know that I’m ready for it.”