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Prospect Report: Sauve

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – When Providence Bruins forward Max Sauve was recalled to the Boston Bruins Feb. 27, he was excited to join the team and have a chance to play in his first NHL game.

More so, the 22-year-old forward was eager to add to an extensive hockey bloodline that runs through his family.

His father Jean-Francois played 290 games with Buffalo and Quebec; his uncle Bob, a goaltender, played 13 NHL seasons and was the co-Vezina trophy winner in the 1979-80 season; and his cousin Philippe, also a goaltender, spent part of the 2006-07 season with the Bruins.

“That’s a big influence [in my career],” Max said, talking about his family. “My father played in the NHL, so I want to be like him and play in the NHL. [My cousin is] really excited.”

After Sauve was called up on the 27th, the Bruins acquired veterans Brian Rolston, Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon at the trade deadline, which sent Sauve, Carter Camper and Andrew Bodnarchuk back down to Providence.

But before Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, Sauve was recalled on an emergency basis.

He hasn’t played in an NHL game yet, but if the chance comes, Sauve said he is going to be ready and hopes to contribute.

“Offensively, just score some goals and play my game,” Sauve said. “I don’t know [when] I’m playing, but if I’m in I’ll be prepared.”

In Providence this season, the Tours, France native, has missed some time due to injury, but has six goals and seven assists in 26 games.

He played his first full pro season with Providence in the 2010-11 season, ranking second on the team in goals (21) and third overall with 38 points (21-17-38).

During training camp at the start of the season, Head Coach Claude Julien acknowledged Sauve’s skill set and his ability to score in front of the net.

However, Julien said that Sauve can improve his play when battling for loose pucks – just as Tyler Seguin did after his first year in the NHL. 

“He’s pretty dangerous around the net and he showed that in Providence last year, and I think he has a lot of attributes that will allow him to play in the NHL,” Julien said in September. “But in order to be an NHL regular, you have to… compete for that loose puck.

“A skilled guy can go in there and be smart enough to come out with the puck if he really wants to and that’s the part that I keep putting a lot of importance. Tyler's a much better player this year when it comes to competing for those loose pucks, and we need to see that from Max as well.”

Sauve, who used to be a center, is taking reps at the left-wing position with the Bruins and he understands the advice Coach Julien offered in the fall.

“[I’m working on improving] right around the [half] wall,” Sauve said. “I’ve got to work on my battle and be strong there.”

--Anthony Gulizia
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