Morning Free Association: Squad Goals

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The Boston Bruins training camp roster is split between two continents and have already played two games in this young preseason, winning both in shootouts. This is all great and good, but what we all need to pay attention to is what the players in China are doing: they’re visiting the Great Wall of China.

No pictures were better than the ones of Marchy and Pasta, climbing the steps. Everyone should have someone who can give them a piggyback ride at the Great Wall.

These guys might not want to come home.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Had fun at the game yesterday. It was good to be back to watching live hockey. I always enjoy seeing people in B’s jerseys on the T heading into the game. Given the nice weather, there was definitely an air of “Er…uh…are we supposed to be going to hockey right now?” I saw one person in a B’s jersey head up the wrong stairs at Park Street, so even the fans need to get their reps in and get back into game shape.

A few thoughts on prospects:

Jakub Lauko looked good out there, though I could do without him diving to block shots at the point. Love the effort, but, like, dude, no, please don’t. It was a big change from when I saw him at development camp back in June. At camp, he sure was super speedy, but also seemed like a passenger out there, waiting for people to get him the puck. Yesterday, he was very involved.

Ryan Fitzgerald was having a blast on the top line with Krejci and Heinie. Lots of clever and flashy passing from him, good vision on the ice, played confidently, good work on the boards.

Zach Senyshyn was definitely doing his best with “Look at me totally committing to a 200-foot game”, getting into battles in the corners and in front of the net, but he didn’t seem like a difference-maker out there.

Daniel Winnik was invisible. It’s just one pre-season game, but not a good start for him if he wants a contract.

Honestly, I didn’t notice any of the defensemen apart from Chara, and I suppose that’s a good thing given how few shots against there were. Bailing out the 5-on-3 in OT was huge and I liked that Bruce heavily used kids in OT.

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The advantage of this crazy split-screen preseason, is that we get to expose a bunch more prospects since they need to fill out two separate rosters – one in the NHL and one in China.
Of course we don’t get as much insight into who is close to making the final roster and who is not.
I suppose that the O.R.G. group is probably the more serious contenders – I think they have JFK, Cehlarik, Zboril, Studnika & Frederic, but then the 4th line was all kinds of ‘who dat?’ with Joakim Nordstrom, Chris Wagner, Martin Bakos

Satan81
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Yeah, Team O.R.G. definitely has the prospects who might make the big kids’ roster and Team Staycation has the prospects who might make it to Providence.

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phonymahoney

Yeah, I hadn’t thought about it that deeply, but you’re right.

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IntentionallyWidenberg

OMFG, Marchand & Pasta are hilarious

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I love Phony’s idea of a Pasta travel show. I’d watch that.