The Boston Bruins continue to pare down their training camp roster and sent a large group of young prospects and depth players to Providence training camp on Wednesday afternoon.
B’s campers Jack Ahcan, Samuel Asselin, Matt Filipe, Jesper Froden, Curtis Hall, Cam Hughes, Kyle Keyser, Joona Koppanen, Jakub Lauko, Tyler Lewington, Brady Lyle, Zach Senyshyn, Oskar Steen and Nick Wolff were all set to P-Bruins camp, and Steven Fogarty was placed on waivers with the intent of going to Providence as well.
It leaves Jack Studnicka, Anton Blidh, Urho Vaakanainen, Karson Kuhlman and Troy Grosenick as the remaining players in camp that aren’t expected to be on the Boston roster to start the season. Vaakanainen has been injured and off the ice the last few days, but Blidh and Kuhlman have received plenty of reps and attaboys from Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy while Studnicka has made a real push at Charlie Coyle’s gig to be the No. 2 center.
Both Kuhlman and Blidh will require waivers to get through to Providence, but it’s not expected either one of them would get scooped up by another team.
With Boston’s final exhibition game on tap for Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals and more than a week until the start to the regular season, the Bruins can certainly take their time with those last few key decisions on the NHL roster.
Here are the rest of the BHN Puck Links:
*Charlie Coyle sounds jazzed that Jack Studnicka is really pushing him for that No. 2 center spot and making the Bruins a stronger organization as a result. (Boston Hockey Now)
*The good news: The Red Wings have nowhere to go but up. The bad news: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has five things that have gone wrong for the Red Wings during training camp. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*Tom Sestito is backing up claims that some NHL teams have plied their players with pills and credited the Pittsburgh Penguins with cleaning him up. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*It looks like the Washington Capitals may be bringing their “A” group for tonight’s exhibition season finale for the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Should be fun. (Washington Hockey Now)
*Connor McDavid tops the charts for the top-50 TSN player rankings to start this season. Both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak made the top-15, and all three members of the Perfection Line impressively made the top-5. (TSN)
*Elliotte Friedman has plenty of thoughts about negotiations between the Senators and Brady Tkachuk, and whether Tomas Hertl is going to get moved at some point this season. (Sportsnet)
*Last but not least, some really concerning news around the state of Massachusetts that there’s a real referee shortage because we’ve lost over 900 referees in the last couple seasons based largely on the behavior of parents and coaches. That needs to change, folks.
Massachusetts Hockey President Bob Joyce sent the message below to our membership this afternoon addressing the current referee shortage. Click on this link to read the full letter. #RespecttheRefs #SupportOfficials https://t.co/zjDdkEqIJI
— Massachusetts Hockey (@Mass_Hockey) October 5, 2021
*For something completely different: Dave Grohl and I have one thing in common, we both love County Kerry in Ireland. (Irish Examiner)