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Will Swiss forward Meier still be there for Bruins?

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Will Swiss forward Meier still be there for Bruins?

A scouting staff can have the best plan entering the NHL Draft, but then must be able to adjust once the unexpected happens when the selections begin. The Bruins never thought in a million years they’d have a chance to select Dougie Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in 2011.

Perhaps that will be the case again at the BB&T Center in Florida on June 26, when the Bruins have the 14th overall selection, and a player such as Swiss winger Timo Meier could just fall into their laps. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound right winger is ranked 10th among North American skaters, and is coming off a sensational season with the Halifax Mooseheads. Meier scored 44 goals and piled up 90 points in 61 games, then had another 10 goals and 21 points in the playoff run.

The scouting report on Meier: he’s got a natural goal-scoring touch and doesn’t shy away from playing a physical game and that’s exactly the kind of rugged, productive player that Boston is looking for on the wing. It’s the exact kind of player (Nathan Horton, Jarome Iginla) that’s manned the right wing alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci over the past five largely successful seasons and the kind of player the B’s missed badly last season.

Meier was interviewed by the Bruins last week at the NHL scouting combine and sounds like he would fit in well with the Black and Gold.

“I’m a power forward with skill. I really like to shoot the puck,” said Meier, who spoke with 25 NHL teams at the combine including Don Sweeney and the Bruins. “I have a good shot, and I like to play physical. I wanted to go back after my first season [in Halifax] and increase my goals, and just get better as a player every day. I think I did a good job this season.

“I’ve always loved watching the NHL game and wanted to play there, and I think I have the size and strength to play [the physical] game. I’ve learned I can have success with that kind of game, and it’s something I’m willing to do.”

Meier said he emulates Marian Hossa and Rick Nash with the way that he plays the game and it’s easy to see why. He looked like a budding version of one of those players while skating for Team Switzerland in the World Junior tournament going head-to-head with David Pastrnak and the rest of the world’s best players age 20 and under.

While there’s a decent chance Meier gets grabbed by the Panthers or Stars right before the B’s make their selection at 14, the Swiss product would make a good fit in Boston if he’s there for the taking.

 

 

David Pastrnak on injury: "Could I have avoided it? I wish [I had]"

David Pastrnak on injury: "Could I have avoided it? I wish [I had]"

BRIGHTON, Mass – David Pastrnak had a mile wide smile on his face at the thought of getting back on the ice with his teammates and playing games after missing the last five weeks with a left thumb. The 22-year-old is excited to knock the rust off and get back to the midseason form that had him post 31 goals and 66 points in 56 games, and saw him on a pace for 50 goals and 100 points prior to falling on his left hand back in early February.

“It’s a lot of fun being back on the ice with the guys. It’s been a few weeks [out of the lineup] so you kind of recognize that these guys are your friends and family, so it’s obviously feeling really good to be back,” said Pastrnak, who joked that he might not have been hurt a few years ago had he fallen on his left hand when he was 160 pounds instead of the 190 pounds he’s weighing in at these days. “Obviously these things happen in life and you just try to take advantage of it as a person and a player.

“Last year I was fortunate enough to be healthy all year, so it was really tough the first few weeks [after the thumb injury]. It feels good now. I’m taking shots and one-timers with no pain, so I’m happy to be moving forward.”

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But the young Bruins star also voiced tones of accountability and perhaps even remorse as he recounted the late Sunday night fall that led to the off-ice injury and the 16 games and counting that he’s missed as a result of it. The hope is that Pastrnak might even be able to play on Tuesday night against the Islanders while wearing a protective splint on his left hand, and he will be manning the right wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand when that does happen.

“Obviously I let the guys down a bit. It’s a tough time. It’s not an injury that happened on the ice, so I took full responsibility for that. That’s what hurt me most. Could I have avoided it? I wish [that I had]. But obviously things happen. The fact that I could let somebody down, I definitely hate that. The first couple of weeks were tough.”

Now Pastrnak has roughly three weeks to get ready for the postseason and get back into top scoring form, and that’s the most important thing for both the player and the team now that he’s over the injury hump and ready to return. 

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Brad Marchand trolls Torey Krug in St. Patrick's Day themed Instagram post

Brad Marchand trolls Torey Krug in St. Patrick's Day themed Instagram post

It's been abundantly clear this season that, when healthy, the Boston Bruins have great chemistry. And it's easy to see why. This bunch of guys just seems to connect, and there's no better example of this than Brad Marchand and Torey Krug.

For the better part of the last few weeks, Marchand and Krug have been involved in a social media "feud" with one another. The posts have mostly made fun of one another for their stature or likeability, and they even tried to drag Patrice Bergeron into it at one point. And now, the battle has escalated yet again.

On St. Patrick's Day, Marchand took the time to post this hilarious image of Krug on Instagram.

Keep in mind, this is the same Instagram that Marchand launched with poking fun at Krug on his mind. His second post featured a well-captioned picture of Krug and did a lot to continue the "feud," which has largely been the two players making fun of each other's smaller statures. And obviously, this holiday-themed leprechaun post is continuing that theme.

As the season goes on, it will be interesting to see what heights these two go to in order to troll one another. Right now, they're both putting out some quality entertainment off the ice and on the ice (though Krug is still recovering from a concussion).

The Bruins suit up on Tuesday against the New York Islanders. Last time out, the Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak in their 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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