Bruins go for another power forward in Hargrove


Bruins go for another power forward in Hargrove

PITTSBURGH The Bruins once again went back to the well with their final pick in the NHL Draft, selecting a prospective power forward in Colton Hargrove.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Hargrove is a power forward out of Fargo in the USHL, and he hails from Rockwall, Texas. Not exactly a hotbed of hockey in the Lone Star State, but it speaks to the draft-eligible talent coming from all over.

The 205th overall pick will be headed to Western Michigan University next season, so the Bruins will get a good long look at him throughout his college years. Hargrove makes no bones about what kind of player he is, and the Bruins are always happy to draft and develop size on the wing.

Id like to think Im a power forward. I like to hit, forecheck. I think Ive got some skill. I can score, said Hargrove. Thats kind of what a power forward is . . . kind of just a skilled grinder that likes to hit. So I think I can bring a physical game and some skill to the team.

He put up 16 goals, 38 points and 140 PIMs in 54 games for the Fargo Force last season, and its pretty clear the Bruins hope he can further develop his skills after four years of NCAA hockey.

As with any big man he'll need to improve his coordination and footwork to augment his skating abilities. His size and strength are already well in place for a 19-year-old kid.

Id like to improve upon my footwork. I dont have the quickest feet and I think I can definitely work on it this year. Being at Western Michigan the coaches are great, said Hargrove. The weight training has been awesome since Ive been up here. Its tough but its really good for me. So hopefully I can work on that.

Hargrove will also be reunited with Fargo goaltender -- and Bruins 2011 draft pick -- Zane Gothberg during next weeks Bruins Development Camp, and hes hoping to light up his former tender.

I actually just called him. He was like Hello? and I said Ill see you at camp in about a couple of days, and he was like Yeah I just heard about it, said Hargrove. So Im real excited finally get to see him again. I havent seen him in a while and hopefully were on opposite teams so I can score on him a couple times.

The Bruins are hoping Hargrove can do a lot of scoring, and potentially become a diamond-in-the-rough draft pick much like power forward Brian Ferlin, who has developed quickly over the last 12 months after the Bruins plucked him out of Jacksonville, Florida.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: