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Bruins Assign Urho Vaakanainen

19-year-old defenseman will report to Providence (AHL)

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 5, that the team has assigned Urho Vaakanainen to the Providence Bruins (AHL). 

Vaakanainen played in four preseason games with Boston in 2018-19. He spent the 2017-18 season playing for SaiPa in the Finnish Liiga, accumulating four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 43 games. His plus-eight rating led all SaiPa defensemen. He also competed in nine playoff games, tallying one assist. In 2016-17, Vaakanainen skated in 41 regular-season games for Liiga's JYP, earning a plus-five rating while producing two goals and four assists for six points. He played in 14 playoff games, picking up three assists and a plus-one rating in 14 games. In 2015-16, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman began his Liiga career with the Espoo Blues when he scored one goal and added five assists for six points in 25 games.

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Frederic Embracing Competition As Rookie Camp Begins

20-year-old will battle for a spot on Boston's roster this fall

by Riley Nelson @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

2018 Boston Bruins Rookie Camp is presented by AT&T

BOSTON - Classes started on Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin, but would-be junior Trent Frederic was miles away enjoying a different type of first-day excitement.

The St. Louis-native participated in the first day of Bruins Rookie Camp at Warrior Ice Arena. This is Frederic's first such camp, having chosen to forgo his last two years at Wisconsin in April when he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Bruins.

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Langenbrunner Named Coach for USA Hockey Prospects Game

B's Director of Player Development transitioning smoothly into post-playing career

by Riley Nelson @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - After spending 18 years on the ice in the National Hockey League, Boston Bruins Director of Player Development Jamie Langenbrunner will find himself behind the bench for the first time.

USA Hockey announced on Monday that the Cloquet, Minnesota native will coach the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on September 19 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The seventh-annual event will showcase 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Studnicka Named to Canada's Summer Showcase Roster

B's forward prospect vying for spot at 2019 World Junior Championship

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Bruins forward prospect Jack Studnicka has been invited to join Canada's roster for the upcoming World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops, British Columbia, from July 28-Aug. 4.

The 19-year-old center will be one of 40 players vying for a spot on Team Canada for this winter's World Junior Championship in Vancouver.

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They Said It: A Development Camp Scouting Report

Here's what the Bruins brass had to say about some of Boston's prospects

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The 12th Annual Boston Bruins Development Camp, presented by AT&T, wrapped up last Friday after four days of on-ice testing, off-ice conditioning, and team-bonding activities, all of which gave the Bruins brass the chance for an up-close evaluation of the organization's prospects.

Here's a rundown of what they had to say about some of the players in camp:

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Bruins Sign Axel Andersson to Entry-Level Contract

2018 second-rounder inked to three-year deal

by Travis Basciotta @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced on Sunday that the team has signed defenseman Axel Andersson to a three-year entry-level contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $825,833.

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Jakub Lauko Impresses at First Development Camp

2018 3rd rounder uses speed to set him apart

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Jakub Lauko is fast.

His teammates know it. His coaches know it. The opposition knows it. That hasn't stopped the 18-year-old Czech from blowing past his competition at the 2018 Bruins Development Camp. Literally.

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B's Goalie Prospects Share Common Goal

Swayman, Keyser and Vladar compete at Bruins Development Camp

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

2018 Boston Bruins Development Camp is presented by AT&T.

BOSTON - Jeremy Swayman was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Dan Vladar hails from the Czech Republic. Kyle Keyser grew up playing hockey in the sunny state of Florida.

It is safe to say, the three Bruins goaltenders at the team's 2018 Development Camp do not come from similar hockey markets. Despite those vastly different backgrounds, each of them is making significant progress as they set their sights on the ultimate goal: the NHL

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Kuhlman Pushing Himself, Teammates at Dev Camp

Minnesota-Duluth graduate signed two-year contract in April

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

2018 Boston Bruins Development Camp is presented by AT&T.

BOSTON - Shortly after winning an NCAA National Championship as the captain of Minnesota-Duluth this April, Karson Kuhlman signed a two-year NHL contract with Boston. The 22-year-old forward joined the Providence Bruins late last season on an Amateur Tryout Agreement.

"I think they let us enjoy our national championship for a little bit," Kuhlman, who had a goal and an assist in UMD's 2-1 win over Notre Dame in the title game, said of his whirlwind spring. "Had to take care of some business and I was fortunate enough to go down to Providence for a couple weeks there and get that experience as well. I think overall it was a great spring for me."

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Andersson Makes Good First Impression

B's top pick in 2018 Draft catching eyes at Development Camp

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - When Axel Andersson heard his name called at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, he was already celebrating.  

"I was back home in Sweden, I watched the draft," said Andersson. "It was kind of delayed on the TV, so my agent rang me and said, 'Oh you got drafted by Boston'. I was like, 'What, really?' Then I saw my name on the TV and I felt so happy."

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