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Boston Bruins Development Camp 2017…James Corcoran Edition

Boston Bruins Development Camp hit its third day today and it started out with the campers looking like they all had been doing some kind of resistance training since 6:00am. The start time for camp was 10:30am and by 10:35 half of the young men had hands at their waist hunched over looking for that next breath.  The boys of winter were looking to impress the Bruins top brass, who all appeared to be in attendance at some point.  This year’s edition includes 29 campers, 17 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goaltenders.  There was also one surprise guest, and may I say he was a pleasant one…

The only invite with no name or number on his back came out with the second session, including all the goaltenders, as the first session appeared to be all about skating and windsprints.  Makes one wonder if there was some kind of punishment being handed out.  Most likely not, but by the behavior of a couple players someone might reach that conclusion.

Back to Mr. No Name.  Turns out that he is a Massachusetts high school goaltender who attended Walpole High School  His name is James Corcoran, and will be a senior at Winchendon in the fall.  Elite Prospects lists him as 6′ 4″ tall and 185 pounds.  Tough to tell but he didn’t look that tall on the ice.  Standing next to 2017 fourth round draft pick Jeremy Swayman, he appeared to be about the same height, and Jeremy is listed at 6’2″.  But just to whet your appetites, here are some numbers, keeping in mind that this is high school…

# NAME YR POS. GP GA GAA SH SV SV%
1 Jon Stasiukevicius SR Goalie 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0.000
30 James Corcoran (C) SR Goalie 23.78 11 0.46 368 357 0.970
39 Micheal Panciocco JR Goalie 0.38 1 2.65 5 4 0.800

Now focus on the goalie in the middle and salivate…Yes you are seeing this correctly.  .46 goals against and a .970 save percentage.  Also, as I have had to reformat the box above to make it fit into the format of the blog, Mr. Corcoran had one assist, but the impressive number is 14.  This is the number of shutouts he threw against his opponents last season.  This talented young man should be getting some serious interest by scouts and schools, but research has not revealed any of that information as of yet.  As far as his on ice performance, James looked strong in net.  He wasn’t in any way fazed by the performers around him or the level of interest he may have gotten from the brass, or he just hid it very well.

Mr. Corcoran’s ability to move laterally post to post was good.  He held the post very well, and while leaning forward still had solid control of the goalie paddle.  His glove appeared to be strong, as it is with most American born goaltenders.  He does come well out of his crease to challenge shooters and backs in, keeping track of his crease in the process.   He did not disappoint nor did he appear out of place.  This young man is someone to keep tabs in for the future, and I will be doing just that.

P.K. Subban Should Be A Bruin

While watching the second round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs, specifically the Bruins/Montreal series, it reminded me of something that I have been pondering for well over year now. The Boston franchise, while having a top tier defense, and one of the best defensemen in the game, is getting old in that department. Then the 2013 playoffs came around and Boston called up some of its young guns for the push, and youth was served. The issue here is that while the defense is young, none of the gents are yet a candidate for number one defenseman. Sure, Dougie could fill out that role at some point, but needing a leader on the back end is something that the B’s brass should be considering. In other words, P.K. Subban should be a Bruin.

Sure, the Bruins have Big Z (Zdeno Chara for the uninitiated), but at 37 years old he won’t be playing forever.  The Bruins have defensemen in Providence, and a couple youngsters playing for the big club, but none of them appear ready to adopt the mantle of “number one defenseman”.  P.K. has shown that he is the leader of the d-corps for the blue-blanc et rouge.  Especially in these playoffs.  Subban is averaging 2 points per game against the  Bruins.  He has 11 points in 7 games.  Sure he is only a plus 1, but while averaging over 27 minutes a night, he is third among defensemen still active in the playoffs.  At 24 years of age, Pernell Karl would be a nice addition to the blueliners on Causeway Street.

P.K. has stated that he is looking for top dolllar on his next contract, between 8 and 9 million dollars per year.  Whether he is worth that at this stage of his career is up for debate, but the way he is playing in these playoffs, especially against his arch-rivals, definitely begins to tip the scales in his favor.  Another tic in his favor, his age.  At just 24, giving him a long term contract wouldn’t hurt so much.  Structure it so that he gets his money in years 3-6 or something along those lines.

Chara still has four more years on his contract after this season finishes, but can we, Bruins fans or not, really expect him to play 27 plus minutes a night as he approaches the big 4-0?  I would say the answer to that question is probably one that the voracious fans in Boston don’t want to have to answer.

Answer…Bring in Subban.  You still get to have the Big Man roaming around the the blueline.  Pair him up with P.K.  Then it doesn’t matter who hangs back and who pinches in.  Yes the d-corps gets expensive with Seidenberg and his 4 year 16 million dollar deal, but by trading a couple players away, it can work.  It has to work.

By acquiring his services, the Boston Bruins can shore up the number one defenseman slot for the next ten years rather than hoping that Chara can maintain his torrid pace for the next four.  P.K. Subban should be a Bruin…and hey, number 76 isn’t taken!

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