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Wheeler Back in Wilmington

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Wilmington, MA -- In two full seasons with the Boston Bruins, Blake Wheeler has 39 goals, 44 assists and 83 points in 163 games, but the third year forward still thinks he can bring more to the Black & Gold.

“I think for me the biggest thing is playing a little bit bigger game," said the 6'5, 205-pound Wheeler. "That will help me get to the next level."

Even though Wheeler has been successful on the ice for almost every game in the past two seasons, he feels there is still room to grow. 

The forward is looking to improve his game - not in the stats columns, but in the little things that the average fan might miss.

"I think it’s something that I’ve looked at watching myself play [on video] -- just watching different things out there and...realizing that it’s not all about scoring goals and getting assists,” Wheeler said.

“I truly believe that if I can up my game in different areas and then those numbers are going to follow suit.”

After an untimely end to the 2009-2010 season, Wheeler and the Bruins are looking ahead to 2010-11 and the new names on the roster that could help carry the B’s past the Eastern Conference Finals. 

“It’s exciting anytime you add two guys [Horton and Seguin] with offensive power; it does nothing but good things for your team," said Wheeler on Friday, his first day back to the Bruins practice facility in Wilmington. "We’re really excited to have them here and see what they can do."

Like many of his teammates, Blake wants to learn from and use last season to the B’s advantage.

“I think it gives everyone a great deal of motivation coming into the year --  to get that bad taste out of their mouth and start on the right note and hit the ground running," said Wheeler

---Christy LaPlante
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