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Youth Movement: Bruins Need Help From Baby B’s

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Posted By: The Booze at 11:14 am

8 Apr 2010

The Maple Leafs 5-1 loss last night to the New York Rangers secured a top 3 pick for the Bruins in June’s draft. Today, Bruins fans can smile at the prospect of seeing a promising young star wear the black and gold next season. Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Brett Connolly, and Cam Fowler all appear poised to make an immediate impact on an NHL club. The future looks bright indeed.

But the youth movement doesn’t start at Tuesday’s draft lottery. There is still some unfinished business for the 2009-2010 team to take care of. With injuries to Dennis Seidenberg, Mark Stuart, and Andrew Ference, Bruins fans are already getting a glimpse of the future. 23 year-old Adam Mcquaid and 21 year-old Andrew Bodnarchuk have been thrust into Boston’s defensive rotation in the thick of a playoff race.

With very little NHL action on their resume, the two blueliners will have to quickly acclimate themselves to the fast-paced tempo of playoff hockey. McQuaid and Bodnarchuk join 26 year-old Johnny Boychuck and 24 year-old Matt Hunwick on a team with the #2 defense in the NHL in goals against.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Bruins sit 1 point ahead of 9th place New York and 2 points behind 6th place Montreal. With the season on the line, those four young defenseman will have to play sound defense in their own end and show a willingness to take shots and contribute to the league’s worst offense.

Five of the Bruins six defenseman are under the age of 27. Their teammate between the pipes is only 23. A draft is fastly approaching, but the future is now. Boston battles Buffalo tonight at the TD Bank Garden, 7:00 PM.

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