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Jake DeBrusk Opens Up About Shift Back To Second Line

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Jake DeBrusk was open and honest following the Boston Bruins 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. DeBrusk was moved back to the second line, playing left wing with David Krejci and Ondrej Kase. He scored a goal too, the lone one on the afternoon for the Bruins. It wasn’t all good for DeBrusk, however.

“Yeah I felt, to be honest with you I didn’t feel good about my game,” DeBrusk admitted postgame. “It’s one of those things that’s kind of hard to judge. For me it’s battles and winning board battles as well. I didn’t really love being moved around I guess, just trying to feel more comfortable each game. I think we played a better game overall today, just wasn’t the result.”

Jake DeBrusk had played on the right wing with Charlie Coyle earlier in the round-robin. Head coach Bruce Cassidy was not, and isn’t, afraid to move the Alberta-born forward.

Even when back on the second line, there still was an adjustment to make for DeBrusk. He had to create chemistry with Kase, who was acquired at the trade deadline and making his summer debut.

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“He’s obviously a fast skater. He pushes the pace and I like to play that way too,” DeBrusk continued. “I think we wanted to keep it simple today and just getting everything deep, even if it didn’t look clean in the neutral zone, just put it to an area. I thought that he was on pucks and he almost got a good look there as well. Obviously, there’s positives, it’s just a matter of staying consistent now and learning each other. Like you said, I haven’t really played with him. I thought it was a decent first game.”

Alex is a 2016 graduate of Springfield College who is currently a writer with Boston Hockey Now and The Oilers Rig. Outside of writing, you can find Alex in rinks around New England as the Play-by-Play voice of the USPHL’s Boston Junior Bruins. In addition, he does broadcasting work for Northeastern University, Holy Cross And UMass-Lowell. Reach him on Twitter: @Alex_Thomas14

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