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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

The Lone Star Brahmas aren’t exactly a household name in the junior hockey world, but NAHL team did produce a player worth of a Bruins draft pick last weekend. A 20-year-old defenseman named Cameron Clarke showed his offensive skills and playmaking en route to nine goals and 50 points in 59 games last season for the Brahmas, and continued to add strength to a wiry 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame that still needs to be developed as he heads off to Ferris State University.

The Tecumseh, Michigan native was floored at the prospect of being drafted by the Bruins after he was selected in the fifth round (136th overall) at last weekend’s draft in Buffalo, and excited to see some results for all of his hard work over the last few years.

“It’s a feeling like no other. I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization,” said Clarke, who described himself as a good-skating defenseman and a good puck-mover that models his game after Capitals D-man John Carlson. “It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling.

“I talked to Mr. Sullivan [Bruins Scout Keith Sullivan] I believe it was in December and I knew that they had come watch me play a couple of times so I knew that they were interested. I knew that they were a team that could be a possibility that could be picking me and I’ve always watched hockey and my dad used to be a Bruins fan growing up when he was little [he grew up in Ottawa and was a big Bobby Orr fan], so it’s a great feeling. Boston’s an Original Six franchise. It’s very special, for sure.”

Clarke will obviously take a big step in his development headed to the Ferris State hockey program next season, and the Bruins hope to continue seeing improvements in the size and strength department during his college hockey years.

“We knew there were teams that were there [ready to take him], and our guys really liked him,” said Bruins Director of Scouting Keith Gretzky. “He’s gained a lot of weight in a year-and-a-half, but we know he’s going to take some time. We’re good with that. Our guys really liked him, so we took him.”

The Clarke pick is a pretty low risk/high reward selection that was off the beaten path of the normal OHL/European junior league paths, but it remains to be seen if it will pay dividends later for selecting the over-age player. 

NHL Highlights: Bruins get steamrolled by Canucks in Vancouver

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NHL Highlights: Bruins get steamrolled by Canucks in Vancouver

FINAL SCORE: Canucks 9, Bruins 3

IN BRIEF: The good fortunes on the Bruins’ tour of Western Canada came to a screeching halt Saturday night in Vancouver. After David Pastrnak tied it at 1 in the first period, a feeding frenzy opened on Tuukka Rask as the Canucks opened up a 5-1 lead at the second intermission and never looked back.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 33–10-12 (78 points, 1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

PASTRNAK TIES IT 1-1 WITH HIS 44TH

MARKSTROM LEAVES THE GAME

HOLDING? YOU BE THE JUDGE

REMEMBER LOUI ERIKSSON? HE MAKES IT 5-1 CANUCKS

CHARA 👊🥊 MYERS

COYLE 👊🥊 HORVAT

PASTA SCORES HIS 45TH

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WATCH: Bruins' David Pastrnak scores filthy breakaway goal vs. Canucks

WATCH: Bruins' David Pastrnak scores filthy breakaway goal vs. Canucks

David Pastrnak just continues to amaze.

In the first period of Saturday night's game vs. the Vancouver Canucks, Pastrnak got the Boston Bruins on the board with an absolute beauty of a goal.

Matt Grzelcyk fed Pastrnak a perfect stretch pass, and the league's leading goal scorer did the rest.

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That marked Pastrnak's 44th goal of the season, giving him the NHL lead over Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews (43).