The Boston Bruins are still busy working on the future even as they do whatever they can for short term success for this year’s hockey club.
So, it wasn’t a surprise they had an announcement on a two-year entry level deal (cap hit of $800,000) for 21-year-old defenseman Brady Lyle. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenseman is tied for the AHL lead among defensemen with his six goals this season in 19 games and has 12 points overall along with a plus-10 rating. Lyle played six seasons in the OHL, including a final year with 22 goals and 65 points in 62 games for the Owen Sound Attack, and played a handful of games in Slovakia after signing an AHL contract with the Bruins organization in April 2020.
The undrafted defenseman appears to be a bit of a late bloomer given his best seasons came after his draft year, so it will be interesting if he can keep improving and play his way into the NHL picture for the Boston Bruins over the next few seasons.
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*Sometimes when you’re Alex Ovechkin, you just need to work on your sticks during the game. At least I think that’s what Ovie is doing here on the bench.
— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) April 18, 2021
*Isles goalie Ilya Sorokin stole one for the Islanders against the struggling Philadelphia Flyers over the weekend. (New York Islanders Hockey Now)
*Awesome to see Boston Bruins Equipment Manager Keith Robinson getting recognized here in his 33rd year working tirelessly for the Black and Gold. Well done by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Eric Russo. (BostonBruins.com)
*Speaking of the Boston Bruins, they have Milan Lucic on an upcoming episode of their podcast revisiting the 2011 Stanley Cup run. That should be must-listen material.
The 1,000-game man himself!
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 19, 2021
*It looks like Matt Grzelcyk is going to return for the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night as they start a three-game series against the Sabres in Buffalo. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Nobody, and I mean nobody, is a more devoted Pittsburgh Penguins fanboy than Mark Madden. Here, he tells everybody that Connor McDavid will never compare to Mario Lemieux. It’s a tough point to quibble with, but we still don’t know have the full scope of McDavid’s career accomplishments, Stanley Cups etc. So, I’m going to reserve judgment. (Triblive.com)
*Good piece from former Boston Bruins forward Dave Poulin about his somewhat unconventional path to the NHL, and why young junior hockey players should take heart with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc with the normal pathways to professional hockey. (Toronto Star)
*For something completely different: The “Shang-Chi” trailer looks pretty awesome and a cool departure for the MCU.
The real Mandarin! This looks intriguing. https://t.co/mv5t6KbHBW
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 19, 2021