Okay, so that did not happen. Instead the Fighting Irish took out fellow Hockey East opponent, UMass – Lowell, in overtime at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, NH. So now Notre Dame is on it’s way to Chicago for the Frozen Four leaving really no chance for Anders Bjork to make his debut with the Bruins this season.
I really thought that the Bruins would try to get Bjork in the lineup as soon as possible and have him ride along with Krejci and Pastrnak. I would think that the Bruins would have been okay with burning a year of Bjork’s entry level contract to get him signed and in the lineup.
Regardless, Anders Bjork had a fantastic weekend. Not only because his team is on its way to the Frozen Four, but he happened to collect 5 points in the two regional games against Minnesota and UMass – Lowell. Notre Dame scored 6 goals all weekend and Bjork scored two of them on Saturday against Minnesota. Then on Sunday against UMass – Lowell he had the primary assist on all three goals including the OT game winner seen below:
Bjork is a real exciting prospect. His development over the past few years has been huge. Once projected to be a bottom-six forward who is good at both ends of the ice he’s now added an impressive scoring touch and has grown his offensive game. Bjork currently has 52 points (21 goals and 31 assists) in 38 games. And his point production has increased every season, from 22 points as a freshman and 35 points last year as a sophomore. Now we just need him to continue on this path and fill that vacant #10 jersey in Boston.
Other Prospect Notes:
- A lot has happened on the prospect front over the past week. Ryan Fitzgerald signed with the Bruins and made his Providence Bruins debut on Saturday.
- I went to catch up on some of the prospects in Providence at the P-Bruins game last Friday in Hartford. The Bruins won 3 – 1 while outshooting Hartford by about 100. There were a couple of things that stuck out for me. 1) Peter Cehlarik is huge. He is listed at 6’2″, but he looks much bigger than that. 2) Jake Debrusk was involved in everything. To me he was definitely one of the best players on the ice and has grown into the pro game nicely this season. 3) The puck seems to find Danton Heinen. He needs to be stronger with it, but he seems to handle the puck a lot. 4) Zane McIntyre was not tested much and the goal he gave up was redirected off a skate. Either way he it was another W day at the office for him.
- Ryan Donato and the Harvard Crimson have also moved on to the Frozen Four. Harvard had a relatively easy way to the Frozen Four by beating Providence 3 – 0 and Air Force 3 -2. Donato also had a goal and an assist over the weekend. Friday against Providence Donato beat the entire team, including the goalie, but rang his shot off the cross bar. He made up for it on Saturday though with a highlight reel goal.