Morning Free Association: Where are They Now?

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Since the NHL season is delayed and it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen in the AHL, many of the Bruins prospects are playing hockey all over the globe.

Yesterday, the Bruins crowed about their 2019 first-round pick John Beecher making the USA Hockey’s Preliminary Juniors Roster.

The 45th annual world championship tournament will be held from December 26th through January 5th  in Edmonton without fans in attendance. Beecher is not the only Bruins prospect on a juniors roster: 2019 second-round defensive prospect Roman Bychkov will represent Russia.

Since they caught up with the recent news regarding Beecher, they decided to give out some information on other prospects and where they are. Most of the young players are playing for teams in their home countries. In Finland, Urho Vaakanainen is playing for his former club, SaiPa, in the Finnish Elite League. Fellow Finn, Joona Koppanen, started out on loan with KOOVEE in the second-tier league, Mestis, and now is playing in the top league with Ilves Tampere.

 

Our minor league Swedish contingent is back in what the Swedes affectionately call their homeland, The Elongated Land. Oskar Steen  is on loan to IF Björklöven, in the second-tier Hockey Allsvenskan. Defenseman Victor Berglund plays for Lulea HC in the top tier Swedish Hockey League.

 

Goalie Dan Vladar is back in his native Czech Republic on loan to HC Dynamo Pardubice. Jakub Zboril plays for HC Kometa Brno. Forward Jakub Lauko is on loan to HC Energie Karlovy. All three players are honing their skills in the Czech Extraliga, the premier Czech league.

 

In neighboring Slovakia, forward Robert Lantosi and AHL defenseman Cooper Zech are playing together for HK Nitra.

That about sums it up.

 

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looked up Marlborough COVID stats – 4.52% test positive, >36 daily cases/100k people*
Ugh. sad

*the city actually only has ~40k people but that’s how it gets reported for comparison

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Jo wins! First result in. She’s negative. Huh. Isn’t that why i divorced my first wife? She was so negative! grin

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The London Bear
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Great news!

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WOOT!

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Morning all. Some cows got loose from the farm above me and were happily grazing in the field behind my apartment this morning. Was amusing to walk by them.

The London Bear
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Oh wow. Make sure your basement’s locked!

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Fucking cows! The grass is not greener in the basement.!!!!!

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Well yeah… now.
They just ruin it for everyone.

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The cows are not what they seem!
-Log Lady

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Good Morning!!
Great to see where these players are playing. The litmus test of Beecher will be how he plays in this tournament. The next step will be playing against more mature, and more physical players at the next level. That anyone can play at all in the new reality is fortunate.
Jo and i have a bet on which test result comes in first. I’m betting on the more recent test. The first was done at a corporate health place…. too much corporate red tape, i guess. It’s still bull shit.
Rivers are up, but i am not going anywhere without seeing jo’s result. sad

Satan 81's Sister
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Socially distant hugs to you an Jo. Must be torture waiting for the result. This is definitely one time I am thinking negative thoughts!!

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God, what are they playing at? Still, if Jo hasn’t shown any symptoms by now that’s got to be a good sign, right?

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Morning folks,

I have seen HK Nitra play. A few years ago, now.

Enjoyed a lump of cheddar from my cheese advent calendar this morning!

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I always thought that advent calendars were weird. I see them in a whole (milk) new light now

Satan 81's Sister
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There are also booze advent calendars!

The London Bear
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Yeeeees. I don’t need any more encouragement!
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OMFG, why did I forget about those!
I need one yesterday!

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It’s nice to hear what these kids are up to. It’s gotta suck – the season is postponed indefinitely, so if you want to play you’ve got to go looking, but you are going to get caught in whatever quarantine situation is local to the new club, and oh, yeah, there’s a respiratory disease going around.

Yesterday, the Bruins crowed about their 2019 first-round pick John Beecher making the USA Hockey’s Preliminary Juniors Roster.

Congrats to the kid, but man, I should hope that your 1st round NHL draft pick can qualify for his country’s national juniors roster!

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I should hope that your 1st round NHL draft pick can qualify for his country’s national juniors roster!

Good point!

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Yeah, not sure I’d really trust that vote of confidence: “Not good enough for America but good enough for us!”