Bruins announce roster for preseason opener vs. Rangers
The Bruins aren’t keeping the lineup for Sunday’s preseason opener against the Rangers a mystery.
Instead, Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery decided to do everybody a solid and confirm the roster mere hours after the Bruins wrapped up their third straight day of on-ice training camp work at Warrior Ice Arena.
Up front, the B’s will ice a forward group featuring Johnny Beecher, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic, A.J. Greer, Brett Harrison, Fabian Lysell, and Matt Poitras.
Beecher is certainly a name to watch here given the opportunity for him to make the Bruins as their fourth-line center, while Sunday will also come with the chance to impress for top prospects Fabian Lysell and Matt Poitras. Lysell has made it clear that he wants to challenge for an NHL spot this camp, while the 19-year-old Poitras is in a Boston-or-OHL situation given the NHL-CHL agreement and is looking to become downright undeniable for the Bruins this camp.
Their first chance at impressing will come with some new faces, too, as Lysell will not skate with Brad Marchand or Charlie Coyle (his linemates for the first two days of camp), while Poitras will not have David Pastrnak to his right.
Sunday will also come with the (preseason) debuts of offseason additions Patrick Brown, Morgan Geekie, Jayson Megna, Anthony Richard, and James van Riemsdyk.
It’ll be interesting to see how Geekie gels with Frederic, as the Bruins have by all means entered training camp with the assumption that they will become a go-to duo for the Black and Gold’s third line.
On the backend, Boston’s group of six will be comprised of Mike Callahan, Ian Mitchell, Alec Regula, Reilly Walsh, Parker Wotherspoon, and Jakub Zboril.
Zboril is the current leader in the clubhouse to begin the year as Boston’s No. 7 defenseman, but Mitchell and Walsh are among two of the top threats for that spot, and you can even throw Wotherspoon into that grouping.
In Boston, Brandon Bussi is expected to get the start and play the full 60 for the B’s. He’ll be backed up by Kyle Keyser.
Sunday’s showdown with the Rangers will come with a 5 p.m. puck drop, and can be seen on NESN+.