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EuroBruins: An update

For hockey fans, there’s been almost nothing more miserable than the NHL lockout. But while we’re waiting to get let back into NHL arenas, here’s an update on how your favorite Bruins are faring over in Europe and beyond.

FORWARDS

In Switzerland, it’s been a year of many flame-enthused helmets for 20-year-old Tyler Seguin. Suiting up for EHC Biel, Seguin’s 26-game stint with the club has included a league-leading 24 goals along with 14 assists, giving up 38 points, good for fourth in the entire Swiss League. Staying in the Swiss League, Patrice Bergeron's 18-game stint with Lugano came to end with the two-way forward and defending Selke Trophy winner tallying 11 goals and 17 assists with a plus-8 rating.

Not to be outdone, the Bruins’ Chris Kelly ended an eight-game stint in the lower Swiss league with four goals and five assists for HC Red Ice.

Skating in Finland, B’s forward Rich Peverley has enjoyed a reunion with former Thrashers teammate Eric Perrin for JyP, scoring eight goals and recording 19 points in 22 contests with the club. Peverley, oddly enough, also leads the teams in penalty minutes, sitting in the sin-bin for 41 minutes this year. Despite finding himself in the box 17 more minutes than he has in 80 career games in Boston, the penalties haven’t seem to bother a JyP club that has 55 points on the year, sitting just four points away from first place Jokerit.

Joining Peverley in Finland, but playing with Ilves Tampere, Danny Paille has welcomed himself to Europe with a goal and assist in three games. Playing on the club’s first line with Philly forward Max Talbot, Ilves Tampere, better known as the ‘Lynx’ by the locals, is 2-0-1 since Paille joined. Intangibles, baby!

Serving as the Bruins’ lone representation in the Czech League, top-line forward David Krejci has undoubtedly enjoyed some time back in his homeland, recording 25 points in just 22 games, headlined by 14 goals, tying him with Oilers forward Ales Hemsky for the team lead.

Note: Bruins forwards Shawn Thornton, Greg Campbell, Brad Marchand, Nathan Horton, and Milan Lucic have all remained at home during the lockout.

DEFENSE

Despite returning to Boston this past week, the 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara certainly seemed to make his impact for Lev Praha in his 20-game stint with the club. In a 20-game KHL stint that apparently ruined the defensemen’s friendship with fellow Slovak and former teammate Miroslav Satan, Chara scored four times and added five assists. There’s no word as to whether or not Chara will return to the club when the KHL gets back underway on the 19th just yet. I’m sure it’ll all depend on the status of the NHL and NHLPA’s negotiations.

Playing in his home country of Germany, and playing with younger brother Yannick, Dennis Seidenberg's status as one of the game's better defensive defensemen hasn't gone unnoticed for the Mannheim Eagles. Tops among Mannheim d-men with a plus-8 rating, the 31-year-old Seidenberg has also chipped in with one goal (on the power-play, too) and 12 assists in 21 games.

Over in the Czech Republic, Andrew Ference has put in solid work for Ceske Budejovice with six points in 18 games, with countless beer assists for any B’s fans willing to travel to the Czech to see him play.

In Austria, joining the Salzburg EC Red Bulls along with David Clarkson and Derick Brassard, top-four defensemen Johnny Boychuk has welcomed himself to the locals with a goal and four assists in just seven games with the club. All while Boston longs for a ‘Johnny Rocket’. *sigh*.

Notes: Defensemen Adam McQuaid has not signed a lockout contract with a club.

GOALTENDERS

Heir to Tim Thomas' vacated throne, a brief yet triumphant trip to the Czech has told us that yes, Tuukka Rask is ready to seize the role of the No. 1 netminder in Boston. Playing in 17 contests with HC Plzen, the 25-year-old Rask had a 2.13 goals-against-average and .929 save-percentage before returning back to Boston.

The same cannot be said for the assumed backup, Anton Khudobin. After starting off on the right foot with Atlant of the KHL, the wildly entertaining Kazakh goaltender has struggled to the tune of a 6-12-3 record with a 2.83 goals-against-average. Ouch. 

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Lockout Watch: Bruins overseas

B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask won in his debut for HC Plzen (Czech league), stopping 27 of 31 shots faced on the way to a 5-4 victory over Sparta Praha HC. 

In the KHL, Anton Khudobin's record with Atlant has taken a slight bump as of late. After starting off the year with a 2-0-1 record and .947 save-percentage, Khudobin now boasts a 2-1-2 with a 2.63 goals-against-average and .927 save-percentage while his club still stands atop the KHL's Western Conference. 

Meanwhile, Tyler Seguin struggled in his debut for EHC Biel of the Swiss League. Tallying an assist and finishing with a minus-4 in their 6-3 loss over the weekend, Seguin goes back at it tomorrow as Biel faces off with Zug. 

JYP anticipates the arrival of forward Rich Peverley soon after a 19-point September that’s put them atop the SM-Liiga.

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Older Subban a perfect fit for Bruins

The Bruins shocked the hockey world when they opted to use the 24th overall pick to nab goaltender Malcolm Subban. For an organization that’s prided themselves on going with smart, responsible skaters early and often, taking a goaltender with their first pick in the top 60 came as an understandable surprise. Yet, despite being ranked as the best North American goalie by Central Scouting, Malcolm’s best known to fans in the Hub as being the younger brother of the villainous P.K. Subban

Yup, you heard that one right. It’s not Malcolm’s .923 save-percentage last year that’s left an imprint on the brain of your average B’s fan, nor was it his six shutouts last year, or his perfect save percentage (12 of 12) in the shootout. It’s still, understandably, all about the brother that’s established himself in the show. Even on the heels of the 19-year-old Malcolm signing an entry level with the Bruins earlier this afternoon, the Belleville Bulls goaltender is a mere second fiddle to the elder Subban on almost any discussion forum. 

Consider this to be another one of those posts. 

It was an idea that was floated out in a half-kidding sort of way; Tongue in cheek humor at its finest, and something purely said to enrage everybody in Quebec, even if for just a moment. But then it gained a bit of traction, made sense, and seemed to become a logical thought. Somehow, someway, it just seemed to make perfect sense. 

The idea, simple, but (admittedly) risky: Send a pretty offer sheet P.K.’s way. 

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i think the team needs to get somebody that can score now. your thoughts?

Asked by Anonymous

They have a 20-year-old kid that led the team in goals this year who’s only getting better. They’re also getting their top-line right winger back this season. They’ll have capable players on their third line — players that could very well be second-line forwards on mediocre squads — and they still finished among the league leaders in scoring last year despite not having a single 30-goal scorer and in a year that saw them replace Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi with Benoit Pouliot. The Boston Bruins will be fine. Everyone needs to relax and eat some fruit or something.

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how do you see Khudobin doing next season?

Asked by Anonymous

I think people are going to be really pleasantly surprised with Anton Khudobin. He’s got some major skill, and he’s very Thomas-esque with his style, really seems to rely on his gut more than his positioning. I like that in a goaltender. It’s a bit fearless, sure, but it’s interesting. Don’t be surprised if he puts together a strong month that earns him a majority of nods over Rask. That being said, the job is still Rask’s to lose.

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where will exelby play this year?

Asked by Anonymous

It’s not hard to imagine him as the club’s seventh skater if none of the young guys (outside of Hamilton) really wow the club. He could be like the club’s Shane Hnidy, and only play when there’s an injury of if the opposition is a more physical match-up, but it wouldn’t shock me to see him work some AHL stints in if he doesn’t play for an inordinate amount of games at the NHL level. That’s the beauty of the two-way deal.

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