Had it not been for an 11-minute or so wait for an elevator down to ice level, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney probably would’ve been smiling ear to ear following Sunday’s preseason opener against the Rangers.
In the win column behind a 3-0 performance, just about everybody that the Bruins hoped would compete and push forward to challenge for an NHL roster spot did exactly that. And sure, it’s just one preseason game, and of course the Rangers didn’t exactly dress what you’d consider the reincarnation of the ’94 Rangers. (They did dress one-year Bruins standout Riley Nash and near-doppelnamer Ty Emberson, however, so that’s gotta count for something, right?)
But if Sweeney were a smilin’ man, and if the elevators worked like how elevators are supposed to work, it would’ve grown as a result of the Bruins getting what you would consider a must from the center position, and with two prospects in particular, as both Matt Poitras and Johnny Beecher came to play for a full 60-minute effort.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Yell at him on Twitter/X: @_TyAnderson.