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B's Have Decisions to Make

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, Mass. --  Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Far from a casual intra-squad game, tonight's Black vs. White Bruin on Bruin scrimmage will be one more evaluation too for the Black & Gold.

"I think the one thing you want to do is give them the opportunity to play in a real tight game situation," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien of his overgrown roster. "I think at the same time there's certain guys that we feel are on the bubble right now, as far as whether they get to play some preseason games or not. They will get an opportunity to show us whether they're worthy of it or not.

"So there's some decisions that we'll end up making tonight, on whether we move forward with some guys or cut them loose.

"I'll be able to watch from up top and evaluate as well," he said.

That's right, tonight the coach has relegated himself to the press box. Julien's head coaches and the Providence coaching staff will take the reigns on the scrimmage.

"Geoff Ward will have one bench and Doug Jarvis will have the other," said Julien. "Wardy will be with [B's Assistant Coach Doug] Houda and Jarvy will be with [P-Bruins Head Coach] Bruce Cassidy and [Providence Assistant] Kevin Dean. I didn't want to pick teams, so made myself neutral."

But Julien and the rest of the Bruins brass will be unable to maintain neutrality as camp carries on.

"There might be some decisions made," said Julien. "Some guys are obviously going to be let go after tonight and we're going to trim down our roster.

"Some others may stick around, but may not get that opportunity at some games and a lot of it will depend on how some of those guys fare tonight."

Overall, however, Julien has been pleased with his club's youngest players.

"There's no doubt," said Julien. "I like the job our scouts have done because the guys that they have brought in, I have yet to see somebody who wasn't worthy of coming to our camp or [looks like] he's over his head.

"At the same time, I'm not just talking about draft picks, I'm also talking about guys that they've invited to camp.

"They've done a really good job of bringing in guys that I think have fit in well," he said.

However, the B's recent draft classes have yielded some outstanding talent.

"Nobody here is disappointed in their first rounder this year. I think we all see the potential in [Dougie] Hamilton's game," said Julien. "Not only is he a quality player, he's a quality person as well. Anybody who's taken the time to talk to him has seen that he's a pretty grounded individual.

"[Jared] Knight, [Ryan] Spooner, those kind of guys continue to impress," added Julien. "You can go with [Jordon Caron] who's having a great camp.

"I'm sure I'm forgetting some other guys too, but there's a lot of guys right now that are doing a pretty good job and giving us a good look at them. [Jamie] Arniel, you can tell he's got a year under his belt."

And Julien hopes that the prospects' play keeps them in the lineup.

"I mean we're looking at those guys to hopefully play some games for us and I think most of those guys you've mentioned probably have a good chance of playing unless they really disappoint us tonight," he said. "Some of those first year players have played well enough to maybe earn themselves a game here or there, so that's kind of what we're looking at tonight."
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