Boston Bruins: More Studs-And-Duds From The Preseason

By: Andrew Thompson        Follow Me On Twitter @Godwentwhoops

The Boston Bruins will be submitting their roster for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Several players found themselves making the cut due to their strong performances during the preseason. While some players didn’t seem to make the cut this year, it was one of the most competitive camps in recent memory. Several of the ‘duds’ listed in this and the previous article could easily find themselves in the big club at some point this year.

Dud (provisional): Malcolm Subban.

A lot of people have given the 23-year old goaltender a lot of grief for not being NHL ready despite years of preparation.  This preseason wasn’t much of an exception. Subban has improved since last season. His performance against the Flyers clearly showed that he had improved and was capable of some impressive saves.

In the end, his overall performance (.889 save percentage, and a 2.71 goals-against average), and the strong play of Anton Khudobin is what got him put on waivers today.

If Subban isn’t claimed on waivers he’ll head back down to Providence.  If that’s the case, Subban will likely see a few games in Boston this year.

Update: Malcolm Subban was claimed off waivers by the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Stud: Austin Czarnik.

Austin Czarnik was tied among all Bruins for points (three) and goals (two) this preseason. The 5’9″ Czarnik showed that smaller centers can hang in the game with their much larger counterparts.  Even while battling an illness, Czarnik put up seven shots in just two preseason games. Czarnik also won 52% of his battles in the face-off circle. The only other young gun that beat him in the face-off dot was Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (62.1%). With JFK being sent to Providence, it seems that Czarnik has earned himself a place on the roster.

Currently, the 24-year old Czarnik is eligible to be placed on injured reserve. When the Bruins submit their final roster Tuesday afternoon, it’s likely Czarnik will make the final cut, but start the season on IR.

Dud (Provisional): Kenny Agostino

When the Boston Bruins signed Agostino to a one-year, one-way deal, it seemed the Black and Gold were getting themselves a bargain. The former Yale product had spent the last three years in the AHL, earning MVP honors last season.

Agostino put up three points in three games during the preseason and showed some intelligent play on the ice. He looked like an early favorite to make the squad in the preseason.But the Bruins are looking for speed on the ice, and that’s one category where

But the Bruins are looking for intense speed on the ice, and that’s one category where Agostino doesn’t rank highly enough for.

“For me, there’s not a lot of knowledge [about Agostino beforehand], but from what I did see, he’s a smart player,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy according to the Bruins website. “We’re looking to upgrade speed in our lineup and that’s an area where we think we have a few people in front of him.”

Agostino will likely see some time in Boston this year. The B’s always seem to get hurt, and Agostino would be a smart choice as the first call-up from Providence.

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