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Gritty Lauzon sounds like a prototypical Bruins player

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Gritty Lauzon sounds like a prototypical Bruins player

The Bruins doubled down on B’s style players for most of their 10 draft picks last weekend, and QMJHL defenseman Jeremy Lauzon definitely qualifies in that category.

The 6-foot-2, 193-pound native was taken with the 52nd pick in the second round, and has a reputation as a gritty, physical blueliner heavy on the character and big hits along with a healthy offensive ceiling. The 18-year-old had 15 goals and 36 points along with 88 penalty minutes in 60 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the Q, and showed a real knack for scoring goals from the back end.

He’s clearly a few years away like the rest of the 10 players selected last weekend, but he’ll fit right in with the Black and Gold.

“I think he’s a real character player,” said B’s assistant GM Scott Bradley. “He’s a transitional defenseman that has the capability of producing offensively, and our scouts really, really liked him.”

Lauzon said he models his game after New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and won’t shy away from throwing big hits, playing on the edge or taking the kind of risks that tend to produce offense.

“I’m excited,” said Lauzon, speaking with an unmistakable French-Canadian accent. “I like to play physical. I love to do some cross-check in front of the net, or something like that. I’m an energy kind of defenseman. With the Bruins I think it will fit pretty well with my style of hockey. I love Ryan McDonagh’s game. He’s got a good two-way game going, and I want to be like him in the NHL.

“I spoke with [the Bruins] at the combine, but I didn’t know they were interested in drafting me. Being selected by the [Bruins] is a real privilege.”

Lauzon was one of the picks sent to the Bruins in exchange for Dougie Hamilton in the infamous Friday pre-draft trade, so the hope is that he does develop into McDonagh for the sakes of both the youngster and the hockey club that drafted him in that slot.

Bruins-Hurricanes simulation: Canes beat B's 1-0 on flukey goal

Bruins-Hurricanes simulation: Canes beat B's 1-0 on flukey goal

The NHL season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait a while to watch the Boston Bruins again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Bruins action, we'll be using the EA Sports NHL 20 video game to simulate each game on Boston's schedule until they finally return to action.

Previous Simulations:

The Boston Bruins were supposed to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at PNC Arena, here's how our simulation of that game went.

The B's fell to the Canes 1-0 on a flukey third-period goal that slipped by Tuukka Rask. 

Here are the game stats:

Three Stars of the Game + Game Stats

Anton Forsberg, Tuukka Rask and Andrei Svechnikov were the three stars of the game. The Hurricanes led in shots with 25 and they also had three power-play opportunities that they squandered. The Bruins seemed to have passed too much in the offensive zone and didn't take enough shots on goal in the loss when comparing the shots to their time on attack.  

Bruins Individual Stats

Charlie McAvoy led all B's skaters in ice time with 23:42 while David Krejci and David Pastrnak each had three shots on goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 25 shots in the loss, but the defense didn't help them out too much.

Hurricanes Individual Stats

Jaccob Slavin led all Hurricanes skaters in ice time with 24:11 and Martin Necas led in shots with four. Anton Forsberg stopped all 17 shots faced and the Hurricanes sneak by with a flukey goal from Andrei Svechnikov.

FINAL SCORE: Hurricanes 1, Bruins 0

Bruins Record (Includes simulated games): 47-16-14 (107 points)

*NOTE: We did not include Boston's games against the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs or Florida Panthers in the simulation, therefore the simulated record isn't 100 percent accurate*

Next Simulation: vs. St. Louis Blues on Thursday

Be sure to keep an eye out for our Bruins vs. Blues simulation which is set to drop on Thursday.

We aren't the only ones enjoying sports video games to pass the time and get their competitive fix. Even the B's Anton Blidh is enjoying his time off with a little virtual sports action.

Phil Esposito set impressive Bruins goal scoring record on this day in 1971

Phil Esposito set impressive Bruins goal scoring record on this day in 1971

March 31 is a special day in the history books of the Boston Bruins franchise.

Hall of Fame forward Phil Esposito scored his 70th goal (an NHL record at the time) of the 1970-71 season on this day, becoming the first Bruins player to hit that goal-scoring milestone.

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Esposito's 76 goals in the 1970-71 season still stand as a Bruins record for a single campaign.

Bruins right winger David Pastrnak was making a run at 60 goals earlier this season. The 23-year-old star currently sits at 48 goals with the season suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Pastrnak is tied for the league lead with Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.

If the 2019-20 season doesn't resume or the league decides to go straight to the Stanley Cup Playoffs upon returning, Pastrnak would be the first Bruins player to win or share the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scorer since Esposito in 1974-75.