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Bruins top 25 under 25: #10 Justin Florek

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Rank Player Change from 2013 M. Leonard Cornelius Nolan Dan Giesse Sean Sarah Kristian Servo
10 JUSTIN FLOREK 8 11 6 10 15 9 11 7 10 22
As soon as I got drafted, (being on Charlie Moore’s show) was one of my goals - Justin FLorek
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 5th Round of the 2010 Draft
  • Position: Forward
  • Hometown: Marquette, MI
  • Vitals: 6'4" / 201 lbs
  • Curent Team: Providence Bruins

Florek was drafted in the 5th round back in 2010 after scoring 35 points in 41 games as a sophomore at Northern Michigan University (slogan: "The coldest directional Michigan!"). After getting drafted, he served as Alternate Captain his junior year (28 points in 39 games) and then Captain in his Senior year (36 points in 37 games). After graduation, he joined the Providence Bruins, where he continued to score at an okay rate.

You may remember him from the playoffs, when he scored a goal against Detroit in game 2:

That's all well and good, but as I was looking up info on young Justin, I found something...unspeakably horrible:

Q: If you could hang out with any celebrity, who would it be?

A: Bill Dance or Charlie Moore, I love fishing — it would be awesome to fish with those guys. Hopefully I could teach them a thing or two. As soon as I got drafted, (being on Charlie Moore’s show) was one of my goals.

This was from the August 2014 New England Hockey Journal. Pick up a copy today!

Let's see what Kirk Luedeke has to say about the kid:

Now I see why Servo rated him so low.

This year

Justin Florek was signed to a two-way deal this summer, so he may or may not be in Boston. He's a cheap winger, and the Bruins are cap crunched, and if Reilly Smith doesn't sign whatever Chiarelli is lowballing him with, we could easily see Florek with a B on his chest. He scored a playoff goal, don't you know. He could easily end up being a 13th forward, or even a sometimes callup. He's not very far down the depth chart, and there's a winger spot open on the 4th line. Personally I'd rather a more talented player take his spot, but I can think of worse players to occupy 10 minutes a night. Then again, as Nolan Cardwell pointed out in his post The 10 Minute Conundrum, there are certainly better players.


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