Morning Free Association: Black Aces?

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Phase 3 of the NHL’s plan to reopen the season with postseason play will begin on July 10th when teams will start their training camps. At that time, teams are allowed to bring 30 skaters to camp and unlimited goaltenders. Yep, goaltenders are being treated like salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden.

Questlove plays Olive Garden

Why so many goalies? Well, it’s because EBUG situations won’t be able to happen due to limited personnel; teams are only allowed 50 people in total, including players.

So who else will be added to the roster to make up the 28 skaters? Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal has some ideas.

Okay, let’s look at who we would have on an given night:

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Ondrej Kase
Nick Ritchie – Charlie Coyle – Anders Bjork
Joakim Nordstrom – Sean Kuraly – Chris Wagner
Par Lindholm
Anton Blidh

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Jeremy Lauzon
Connor Clifton
John Moore

Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak

I took the liberty to place players in the positions that they are mostly likely to play, not how they ended the season. One can argue exactly how far up or down the roster a certain player should be and where they should play; for instance, it’s not unlikley that Kuraly would play wing, allowing Par Lindholm to sub in at center with Nordstrom out.

So far, we have 22 skaters and 2 goalies which leaves room for 8 skaters for camp and 6 for official play.

Ryan suggests that forwards who could get the call-up as black aces could be Jack Studnicka, Karson Kuhlman, Trent Frederic, and Paul Carey. He also suggested Anton Blidh, who is still officially on the Boston roster. Zach Senyshyn is another name to ponder as an extra skater. Among defensemen, Steven Kampfer could be called up along with Jakub Zboril. The left shooting Zboril had a great season down in Providence and could be looking to make a splash if given a chance since he’s up for a new RFA contract at season’s end. The B’s have the ability to call Urho Vaakaneinen as an extra skater as well.

As for goalies, the B’s have only a few options. Dan Vladar was solid in net this season. Maxime Legacé is the other part of that tandem. Unfortunately, Kyle Keyser struugling with a concussion and it’s after-effects this season. Newly signed Jeremy Swayman is not eligible to play or skate this postseason.

Who do you think will be called up? Who do you want to see called up?

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Hi folks.

Oooh, meaningful hockey talk. Exciting!

I remain a Kuhlman fan, although admittedly there doesn’t seem an obvious spot for him on the roster. Not sure how I feel about Bjork, but management seem keen on him and they know more than I do!

It’ll be interesting to see how the newer guys do. The break might help them because they’re not now dropping into a team on a roll with chemistry at its peak.

Decided not to brave the poison caterpillars this morning so instead of running I went for a bit of a ramble. About a mile and a half away there are some fishing ponds with a bunch of scrubland beyond, so I just wandered around the woodland, picking up the odd hiking trail for a bit. Classic FM on the radio. A pleasant morning!

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Well, Bjork does play a more physical game, and Cam does like him some grit.
Makes me wonder if Cam has digestive troubles.

But I’ve gotta say, I like Bjork. He’s not a high-end sniper, but he’s got a well rounded game. It makes it easier to slot him in to the lineup. You aren’t going to sub him in for Pasta, but you can slide up another guy and fit Bjork in the bottom 6.

Kuhlman is a great kid on the cusp of NHL play, but bringing in Kase pretty much left him homeless. I assume we will see both of them this time around. The Bruins have a pretty good crop of tweeners right now. I think Kuhlman has the highest ceiling, but we have to drop down a few rungs in the lineup before I start to feel uncomfortable gap in the roster.

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I agree, Kuhlman has most potential. Reminds me of Marchand….. needs to learn that agitating thing.

The London Bear
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Yeah I guess I just didn’t notice Bjork that much in his games, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you notice a young player too much it’s usually cos he’s doing something wrong!

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Poison caterpillars??? Where do you live? Australia? :-). I think i would have to wear a beekeeper’s suit!

The London Bear
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Yeah, my local common has an infestation of Oak Processionary Caterpillars. Hazardous to health! The council are dealing with it though, so hopefully next week I’ll have my running track back.

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Morning all. Ugh, this morning is already a struggle.

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Hi Pals!!!
Looks like full speed ahead for hockey!! I think four goalies would be plenty, but i don’t know much. I’m getting a bit more interested. Plenty of skaters just in case, eh?
Still no internet in Monrovia. We had lots of great food, a friend camped in the yard, and we had campfire!
Two clean runs through the Dryway and Dragon’s Tooth this weekend. Very happy. Hammer and tongs for three days, then back to the hills!!!

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Any more cow in the basement stories?? lol

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The cow was given to a farm in Vermont, where they have the means to care for it. I thought i might be getting a couple steaks for compensation, but found a bunch of tomatoes planted in my backyard instead.

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Four goalies?
Fuck it, gor for the Finnish hockey team special – 21 Goalies, skaters optional!