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The Prospects Challenge winds to a close in Buffalo today as the Bruins face the Devils

2018 NHL Draft - Portraits
They all look so young (Jakub Lauko)
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The Prospects Challenge has ended the hockey draught. Bruins hockey is back!

  • Mark Divver is on the job in Buffalo during the tournament. Here are his “five to watch”, Rinkside Rhode Island day one observations, Rinkside Rhode Island Day #2 notes, Rinkside Rhode Island and views on day #3. Rinkside Rhode Island Stay tuned for results of today’s closing game against the Devils.
  • Wiley Sherman is ready to make the most of his opportunity. His size, wingspan, and his development is remeniscent of Hal Gill’s. Bonus- Justin Bergeron grew up a Canadiens fan, but don’t hold it against him. Boston Globe
  • Axel Andersson received his baptism by fire, and Jakub Zboril was favorably impressed by his countryman Jakub Lauko. Boston Herald
  • Zboril had to adjust his expectations to meet a tougher professional game. Hockeybuzz
  • All eyes remain on 2015 first-round draft pick Zach Senyshyn, who still appears to be a work in progress. Boston Herald
  • Goalie Kyle Keyser is another player from a nontradition market hoping to make an NHL roster, a move north helped him progress. Bonus- how about that Karson Kuhlman? Boston Globe
  • Got highlights? Prospects Challenge Game #1 against the Penguins (Video, 0:58) Bruins NHL and then Game #2 against the Sabres. (Video, 1:07) Bruins NHL
  • Five gnawing questions will answered at training camp, including who will staff power plays and penalty kills. Boston Globe
  • So a buncha Bruins are going out for Chinese... and Charlie McAvoy expects to be impressed by the experience. He is well-travelled, but has not been able to enjoy much sight-seeing. NHL
  • There will be a number of invitees at camp including a former Oiler and one QMJHL player with an auspicious name. WEEI
  • The 2013-14 Bruins won the President’s Trophy, but were eliminated in the second playoff round. Take a look back at the team that almost had it all. Last Word On Hockey

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: The Islanders have signed Dennis Seidenberg, but only to a PTO. Last Word On Hockey
  • By comparison to the Prospects Challenge, the Rookie Showcase in Laval, QC got down and dirty at the end- was it worth the cost? Sportsnet
  • Beleaguered Max Pacioretty is headed to The Land of the Misfit Toys the Golden Knights in Las Vegas. Sportsnet
  • The NHL appears to be striving for quiet, private resolutions to concussion lawsuits on a case-by-case basis. Boston Sports Extra
  • After five months, the new Humboldt Broncos head coach, Nathan Oystrick, welcomes two returning players along with a bunch of new Broncos to face the future. (With video) Ottawa Citizen
  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is the little hockey factory in Faribault, MN that turns out NHL players. Maybe you’ve heard of a few of them? ESPN