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Bruins Hoping Greer And Lauko Jolt Team In Season Opener

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The Boston Bruins are proving they meant it when they said they needed more energy and speed this season.

New Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery confirmed that arguably the two roster hopefuls that consistently brought both attributes will be in the season-opening lineup Wednesday night when the Bruins open their 2022-23 regular season against the Capitals in Washington D.C. A.J. Greer will be the third line left wing for the Boston Bruins and Jakub Lauko will be on the right wing of the fourth line in his first NHL game.

“His speed, his tenacity, and he’s fearless,” Montgomery said of Lauko’s makeup to the media there for a Bruins practice in Annapolis Tuesday. “He’s fearless going to hard areas. We think he brings energy to our group, and that speed element is something we felt we needed in our lineup.”

Jakub Lauko, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the third round (77th overall), will be in the lineup just three days after he told the media how he felt about his chances of being in the season-opening roster.

“Last season I had a big expectations of myself that I’ll end up with those guys at the start of the season and it didn’t work out,” Lauko told the media Saturday after the Boston Bruins lost their preseason finale. “I wasn’t good enough. End of last season, (I was) pretty bad. But this summer, I was training my butt off and hopefully it’s going to pay off.”

Greer, whom the Bruins signed as a free agent this past offseason, also felt that he could earn a spot.

“I’m confident I have the tools to be here,” Greer told reporters Tuesday. “I’m confident that I’m good enough to be in the position that I’m in. It’s just a matter of always staying in that consistent state, that flow state, that same energy and drive and focus. Every night, bringing it. I’m fighting every day to stay in this position that I’m at. There are people fighting for my job, so it’s healthy competition. I’m enjoying it, but I’m focused and ready to do it every single day.”

Also in the lineup will be two of the three players the Boston Bruins waived on Sunday. Nick Foligno will be skating on the opposite side of Lauko with Tomas Nosek in the middle. Mike Reilly, who many didn’t expect to make it through waivers, will be on the blue line playing alongside Connor Clifton on the third defensive pairing.

Per various reports from the Boston media contingent at practice on Tuesday, this is what rest of the opening night roster should look like:

Forwards

Taylor Hall-Patrice Bergeron-Jake DeBrusk

Pavel Zacha-David Krejci-David Pastrnak

A.J. Greer-Charlie Coyle-Craig Smith

Nick Foligno-Tomas Nosek-Jakub Lauko

Defense

Hampus Lindholm-Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort-Jakub Zboril

Mike Reilly-Connor Clifton

Goalies

Jeremy Swayman or Linus Ullmark.

 

 

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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