Monday, December 24, 2012
B's players and prospects will be in action
By James Murphy
You won’t find Boston Bruins hockey on the television this holiday season but if you want to see some current Bruins plying their trade, and take a glimpse into the future of the organization, you’ll have that chance over the next two weeks as the World Junior Championships (games can be seen on TSN and NHL Network) and the Spengler Cup (games can be seen on TSN) get underway December 26 in Ufa, Russia and Davos, Switzerland, respectively.
In the Spengler Cup, current Bruins Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin will suit up for their native Canada and Dennis Seidenberg will play for Adler Manheim of Germany.
Seguin has been ripping it up in Switzerland playing for HC Biel. The Bruins’ leading scorer last season has 25 goals and 15 helpers in 29 games this season. His regular linemate with the Bruins, Bergeron -- who will leave his Swiss team HC Biel in January -- is also having a solid season with 11 goals and 18 assists in 21 games. Seidenberg has two goals and 17 assists in 25 games with Adler Manheim.
Bergeron and Seguin will face Seidenberg in the tournament opener Wednesday as Canada squares off against Adler Manheim.
Meanwhile, at the World Junrio Championships, Bruins prospects Malcolm Subban, Dougie Hamiton and Anthony Camara will play for Canada, while Matt Grzelcyk will wear the red white and blue for the United States and Alexander Khokhlachev will play for Russia.
Subban has impressed again this season playing for the Bellville Bulls in the OHL. The team’s 2012 first round pick is 15-7-3 thus far with a stingy 2.17 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Hamilton, who plays in the OHL for the Niagara IceDogs, has eight goals and 33 assists. Camara, playing for the Barre Colts in the OHL, has been a pleasant surprise this season with 22 lamplighters and 40 points (for more on Camara, check out this piece on TSN.ca).
After ripping up the OHL the past two seasons with 145 points in 123 games, Khokhlachev bolted for his native Russia and the KHL this season. But the flashy forward may be regretting that move as he has struggled with just two goals and five assists in 26 games for Moscow.
Grzelcyk has two goals and 10 assists in 15 games for Boston University this season.
Here’s a schedule of World Junior Championship games featruing Bruins prospects (many games can be seen on NHL Network. Click HERE for a schedule. Games can also be seen on TSN):
Dec. 26: Germany versus Canada 4:30 a.m.
Dec. 26: Slovakia versus Russia 9 a.m.
Dec. 27: USA versus Germany 9 a.m.
Dec. 28: Canada versus Slovakia 2:30 a.m.
Dec. 28: Russia versus USA 9 a.m.
Dec. 29: Germany versus Russia 9 a.m.
Dec. 30: Canada versus USA 4:30 a.m.
Dec. 31: USA versus Slovakia 5 a.m.
Dec. 31: Russia versus Canada 9 a.m.
Jan. 2: Quarterfinals
Jan. 3: Semifinals
Jan. 5: Gold medal/bronze medal games