Jakub Lauko and Axel Andersson are each just 18 years old. While the two Europeans are barely older than the typical high school senior, the Bruins top two picks from the 2018 NHL Entry draft were certainly mature enough to make a big impact on the opening domestic preseason game on Sunday afternoon.
Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco praised the two players for their first professional games.
"I would put those two guys," said Sacco. "As far as young guys, in the same category as getting off to a good start for their first game overseas here playing against a team that was obviously missing a lot of players, but they came out hard, especially in the second half of the game. They started to pressure us, and they handled it well, both those guys."