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Grzelcyk misses Bruins' Development Camp after knee surgery

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Grzelcyk misses Bruins' Development Camp after knee surgery

While the Bruins had a record number of attendees for this year’s Bruins' Development Camp with 37 prospects, draft picks and free agents hoping to hook on with the NHL organization, there was at least one prominent name missing. Charlestown, Mass. native and Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk will miss the entire week of on-ice sessions for the development camp while rehabbing from a torn ACL.

Grzelcyk originally injured the knee during a BU practice when his leg was rolled over from behind, and the 21-year-old defenseman played the final eight games of the Terriers season with a sore knee. It didn’t stop him from having his best season with the Terriers while posting a career-best 10 goals and 38 points in 41 games for Boston University as one of their top defensemen on a team that came within one game of an NCAA national championship.

When Grzelcyk finally got the knee checked after the season had concluded for BU in the Frozen Four, he got the bad news that it would require ACL surgery that has kept him from skating all summer.

“It’s too bad because this development camp is something he always looks forward to, so he can hang out with the guys he gets to play with and against during the college hockey season,” said Grzelcyk’s dad, John. “He was disappointed for sure, but he didn’t have much choice with the surgery.”

The 5-foot-10, 176-pounder was still present with the prospect group on Tuesday while working out with the Bruins training staff at Ristuccia Arena, but he won’t be back on the ice until August at the earliest.

It also means that Grzelcyk won’t be ready to go for the beginning of his senior season at Boston University, and will probably finally be ready to play a month or two into the season for the Scarlet and White. Taking the place of the B’s third round pick from the 2012 draft was fellow BU D-man and Burlington, Mass. native Brien Diffley, who came to the development camp as an undrafted camp invite. 

Bruins' 'preference' is to leave Charlie Coyle at third line center

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Bruins' 'preference' is to leave Charlie Coyle at third line center

BRIGHTON -- There was some question as to whether Charlie Coyle might get a little time at wing this season for the Bruins after locking things down at the third line center position last season after coming over in trade from the Minnesota Wild.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Coyle brought two-way play, puck possession and offensive upside to the third line upon his arrival, and then he really stepped it up in the playoffs with nine goals and 16 points in his 24 games. So naturally, there is curiosity as to whether his size, strength and offense could move up to right wing on the second line where his game could be paired pretty comfortably with playmaking David Krejci.

Or even more radically, Coyle’s size and strength could make an interesting match on the right wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

But it sounds like the Bruins are going to keep things strong down the middle with Bergeron and Krejci as their top-6 centers and Coyle and Sean Kuraly as the bottom-6 centers giving the B's depth and quality down the middle of the lineup. Coyle was centering Anders Bjork and Danton Heinen at practice on Wednesday afternoon and has played center throughout training camp.

It may be getting to a point now where they don’t want to fool around with things by switching Coyle’s positions on him as happened in Minnesota, and it certainly sounds like Cassidy’s preference is to leave him at center.

“Generally speaking the match-up is the D-pair and the centerman down low. The wingers obviously matter, but they are less of a factor. At least that’s what I think when I think match-ups. So to have Charlie [Coyle] in there [at center] now, and my intention is to keep him there unless the team would be better served with him on the wing,” said Cassidy. “Right now, we like the way we played last year and hopefully this year. It makes you a lot more comfortable in terms of defending.”

Cassidy reserved the right to change his mind if Trent Frederic really comes along as an NHL-ready center or if all of the top-6 right wing candidates end up dropping the ball in training camp. That doesn’t appear to be the case over the first week of training camp and that may just mean Coyle stays in his comfortable position at center where he gives the Bruins the lineup depth that helped catapult them to the Stanley Cup Final last spring.

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Bruins only have one player on ESPN's 'Top 100 NHL prospects' list

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Bruins only have one player on ESPN's 'Top 100 NHL prospects' list

The Boston Bruins weren't exactly well represented on ESPN's "Top 100 NHL prospects list" heading into the new season.

20-year-old Jack Studnicka was the only B's prospect to make the list, landing in the No. 61 spot. Here's what ESPN's Chris Peters had to say about the 2017 second-round pick:

"A free-wheeling forward who can do a little bit of everything, Studnicka will be put to the test early in the AHL. But he looks more than ready to make the most of it."

In 60 games between the Oshawa Generals and the Niagra IceDogs of the OHL last season, Studnicka tallied 83 points (36 goals, 47 assists). The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder also scored in a playoff game with the Providence Bruins. He'll continue to battle for a spot on the NHL roster throughout camp.

Some of the Bruins prospects left out of the top 100 include Urho Vaakanainen, Anders Bjork, Trent Frederic, Jakub Lauko, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Zach Senyshyn.

Unsurprisingly, Jack Hughes (Devils) and Kaapo Kakko (Rangers) topped ESPN's rankings.

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