Bruins notebook: Anders Bjork chance on Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand line
The first day of Bruins’ training camp practice confirmed the notion that coach Bruce Cassidy is serious about this kiddie movement.
On the Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand line, he had rookie Anders Bjork, who signed with the B’s after his junior season at Notre Dame last summer. And on the David Krejci line, Jake DeBrusk, the 2015 first round draft pick who had a good year in Providence, was placed on the left wing. (Danton Heinen was on the right wing, where presumably David Pastrnak will be once he’s here).
The units did not spend all that much time together on Friday, but it’ll be interesting to see if they can jell as camp continues.
Krejci, who has been in search of some regular linemates for a few years now, has been impressed by DeBrusk.
“He’s a really good player. This is not his first camp so I know a little bit of what kind of player he is. He had a strong season in Providence. I like what I see and I like what I hear from other people. Hopefully we can talk more and by the first preseason game we’ll be on the same page and have some chemistry and go from there,” said Krejci.
“I know what he can do, even from captain’s practices from this year and last year. He’s a really good player. He can skate really well, he can shoot and he thinks the game really well. He can pass the puck and knows what areas to go to in the offensive zone. If it happens that we start the season together, I don’t think there’s any reason why we should not create chemistry.”
Bjork tried to play it as cool as any 21-year-old could.
“It’s crazy to think about who I’m skating next to but you sort of have to not think about that and focus on playing your game and doing the best you can. I just tried to not overthink it out there,” said Bjork.
While it would be a great opportunity to play on Bergeron’s line, Bjork got a taste of the commitment level it takes.
“The biggest thing is competing and winning puck battles. You could see out there, Begeron and Marchand, every little puck battle they give 100 percent. They do all the little things real and it adds up. I’m just trying to implement myself,” said Bjork, who said he felt welcomed by the two veterans. “Their chemistry makes it a little bit easier. They talk a lot on the ice and tell me where they want me, which is really helpful. They made practicing very easy.”
Coaching for Rask
Cassidy said that he wants goalie Tuukka Rask to come out and play the puck a little more to challenge teams dumping in the puck and to jump-start the transition
“I’m not asking him to be a third defenseman, a la Marty Brodeur in his day, but to be able to get out there and stop some and pucks place them for the D. That would be one more threat and one more angle the forecheck has to take and that can help us,”said Cassidy. “Have some confidence to get out there. I think Tuukka makes good decisions with it and handles it just fine, but I’d like to see him be a little more proactive in that regard.”
Coming to town
Pastrnak was flying in from Europe on Friday and was expected to undergo his physical testing on Saturday.