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Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien Practice Quotes 9/21

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE QUOTES

Sunday, September 22, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTPRACTICE PRESS CONFERENCE
On if the team is finalized…
No, still got lots of players.

On the scrimmage as a reflection of still evaluating some of the players…
Yes, that’s one of them, and the other part too is, I don’t know about you guys, I find this camp has been pretty long.  You get to the point where you worked on all the parts of your game that you want to work on, and the best way to get better at it is by putting yourself in game situations, so I thought today’s scrimmage would be good for that reason.  Also, like I’ve said, we’ve been practicing for so long, guys are probably a little tired right now and a scrimmage like that is probably what gave them a little bit more life today, and not only was it the good energy, but also they enjoyed it.  We’ve got a few more games here to finalize our last decisions that we have to make so it’ll give them a chance again to work on our team game.

On the power play possibilities this year. 
I think our power plays look pretty good so far, preseason, but, again, preseason is preseason, not all the teams have their best penalty killers out there, but I’ve liked the puck movement, I’ve the results; in every power play we seem to at least get something out of it so hopefully that continues.

On having one group all on the ice with the roster almost finalized…
Just the one group is always good, for at least coaches anyway, I’m sure the players are feeling the same way.  We’re getting closer and closer to bringing our roster to what we need it to be.  But like I’ve said, we’ve got three games here, we’ve kept enough players to look at those players we need to evaluate for those last spots, but the guys that aren’t going to be here at least will have a good idea of what they can bring to us when call-up time comes around during the season.  It’s a good opportunity for everybody here, whether it’s guys that are not going to be here and get a chance to play a little bit more and become call-ups or even guys that we need to continue to assess and see where they fit on our hockey club.

On using the remaining games to make the final roster decisions…
I think it’ll come right down until the end to make those last few calls because what we’ve got right now, we’ve got a lot of discussions on certain players, and it’s not always based on how they’re playing, but also our needs, so there’s a lot of things that come into play.  Sometimes you look at your needs but then you say ‘well this other guy is much more deserving, he’s been a better player,’ so those decisions aren’t always easy to make but that’s where we’re going to end up being at, I think, when that last game is played. 

On David Krejci’s edge in the game…
Well when he’s nasty, to me, he’s involved, and when he’s involved he’s at his best.  There’s no doubt you want to see that as much as you can out of David [Krejci], like I said, it’s hard to sustain for eighty-two games but I think you should challenge yourself to sustain that for eighty-two games and make it a habit and make it be a second nature kind of thing.  You get that out of guys like Bergy, [Patrice Bergeron] you’ll get that same effort every game, and with David, the quality of player he is, that’s how good he can be if he’s able to sustain that.  He does it every year in playoffs for us when it really counts, and he does that at times during the year, he’s just got to continue to push himself to make sure he improves in that area and give us more and more of those kind of games.

On looking at Ryan Spooner to play on the wing…
I don’t know that Ryan [Spooner] is – you know some guys say ‘oh, he can play in the wing,’ some other guys – I really think he’s better suited in the middle, his style of game, but I know why you’re saying that, because he has had a really good camp, and obviously the last three games, in my mind anyway, have been really good.  Again, guys, don’t be surprised that we have to make a tough decision down the road; that tough decision doesn’t necessarily mean sending him down, it could be something else.  We certainly haven’t written that off because he’s played that well.  The thing with Ryan now is the ability to sustain that kind of a game, and that’s what he’s got to continue to show.

On if Dougie Hamilton has been holding on to the puck a little too long/making some questionable assists…
I think like a lot of guys, I’ve seen guys turn pucks over in their own end, with not even looking and just throwing it over, so to be honest with you I don’t think he’s been much different than anybody else.  But he’s a big body, maybe it shows a little bit more; I thought his game yesterday was better than the other game, so he is getting better.  That’s what training camp is for, and at the end of training camp you’ve got to make that decision and see where he fits in our group. 

On Ryan Spooner’s growth since his first NHL game…
I think the one area that Ryan has had to improve is his involvement in those areas where you’ve got to battle for pucks – getting in there and battling, or, if he doesn’t have it, the pursuit, and everything else, and we’ve really stayed on top of him as far as that’s concerned, to help him through, because everything else is there.  We talked about his speed, his skating ability, his play-making ability, he’s got all those tools to play in this league, and there’s a part of his game that needs to improve, and that’s what’s made him a better player in the last three or so games, that you’re starting to see that kind of stuff.  So it’s important for him to continue to do those things, and that’s where his involvement from the beginning to now, you’re seeing a different player, because that part of the game is being added to the qualities that he already had.

On what Loui Eriksson will bring to the team…
I think it’s pretty obvious – he’s [Loui Eriksson] a smart player, his pace of the game is getting better as he’s getting used to his line-mates and all that stuff; but he’s a smart individual both ways, we saw him killing penalties yesterday; you didn’t but we did…got to work on that budget Matt.  But anyway, he killed penalties, he’s a smart player, when you look at him you look at a guy who’s very reliable, and I think that’s where I see Loui, and I think the more comfortable he’s going to be, the more you’re going to see him produce and help; like you saw that goal today, that line scored, I think it’s the kind of goals more from that line.
 
On if Niklas Svedberg will play a full game…
Every goaltender is getting a chance to play a full game here.

On why Carl Soderberg was played on the wing in the September 21st game against the Detroit Red Wings…
That was done purposely, to see how that would work out if he [Carl Soderberg] played the wing.  I think Chris Kelly has picked up his game, to me, from where he left it last year in the last round.  He seems that, his skating is where it should be, where it took him a while last year to get that going.  We put him [Carl Soderberg] on the wing to see how they would fit in together, we saw them a little bit last year; but he responded, it was a power play goal, but he responded with a couple of goals.  He’s a big body and he’s also a shooter and sometimes you need those guys from the wings as well.

On Carl Soderberg as a face-off option…
He should be because he’s played center a good portion of his career; I know his numbers right now in training camp aren’t very good on face-offs, but we work with players all year long and they keep getting better.  I think down the road that it will certainly be something that you feel more comfortable – sometimes you don’t have a chance, as you know, it’s an icing call, you can’t make that change, so it’s always refreshing to know that you’ve got two guys that can take draws. 
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