Matt Poitras is making a strong push for a Bruins’ roster spot

The Bruins are giving Matt Poitras each take a look at accessible to them to see if the slick-passing 19-year-old is prepared for a National Hockey League season.

The newest? He was within the B’s lineup within the second half of a back-to-back coupled with a plum task in what could be a high six centerman function. After enjoying in Monday’s sport in Philadelphia, choosing up a helper within the B’s solely objective of the sport, Poitras was set to get proper again at it on Tuesday on the Garden in opposition to the Washington Capitals, this time enjoying on a line with Brad Marchand and Trent Frederic.

It looks as if Poitras has on the very least earned an extended look-see. While the preseason is winding down and opening evening is only a week away, coach Jim Montgomery stated that the nine-game window within the common season groups are allowed to check out gamers who aren’t eligible for the AHL like Poitras may very well be useful, although he didn’t undoubtedly say that’s the best way the membership goes.

Poitras actually appears to have the expertise to at the least at some point to play within the NHL, however Montgomery stated that’s not the one consideration when preserving an adolescent.

“We’ve seen the capabilities of what he can do, his creativity and the growth of his game,” stated Montgomery. “The other component is the physical aspect of it. It’s a man’s league, compared to the junior league. He’s used to playing against people who are within two years of his age, so that’s the component, balancing those two to see first what’s the benefit for him as far as his confidence and him being able to be someone who can help the Bruins. Then also if he went back, how much more confident would he grow. There’s a lot of factors that go into it, but he’s done so well so far. That’s why we’re going him these opportunities, so that he’s in the picture.”

Poitras’ left wing for the evening has been duly impressed by the child, evaluating him at one level to Toronto Maple Leaf star Mitch Marner with the best way he’s good on either side of the puck and has nice imaginative and prescient and poise with the puck.

“He’s a smart player,” stated Marchand. “He definitely has had a really good camp so far. I played with him the other night and he sees the ice very well. He’s competitive, he’s not scared to go in the corners and to go in the tough areas. He’s definitely shown a lot of promise. He’s definitely had a great camp so far, but he’s got to keep it going. It’s going to be tough on him tonight, having a back-to-back with travel. It’s not going to be easy. Hopefully we can help him out, dig some pucks out for him and make it a little easier. But those are things you need to show you can do at the next, be consistent, even though you played a game the night before or you traveled or whatever. But he’s a great little player and he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

Having typically performed three video games in three nights together with his junior workforce in Guelph, Poitras wasn’t overly involved with a fatigue issue heading into Tuesday’s sport. And getting a couple of good video games below his belt has given him a bit of little bit of momentum as he tries to win a job.

“I feel pretty good on the ice, a lot more confident now that I’ve been here a lot longer and gotten to be on the ice with these better players more. So I’m just building a comfort level and being confident with the puck on the ice,” stated Poitras.

While he’s listed at 5-foot-11, 170 kilos, his lack of heft has not saved him from preventing for pucks alongside the boards – and successful his share of them.

“For me, my games always been based around winning 50-50 battles, so I’ve never been scared to go in a corner with a bigger guy and I feel like I do a good job of coming out with the puck for the most part,” stated Poitras. “I think just being able to do that it keeps plays alive in the offensive zone, which is where I want to play. It’s more fun down there.”

Poitras stated he’s nonetheless studying the Bruins’ defensive system and that it’s a lot completely different from the aggressive one he performed in Guelph. But, in a single facet, he has already confirmed to be a pupil of the sport. In final Friday’s shootout loss to the Flyers, he gained simply 5 of 16 faceoffs. But within the return match on Monday ,he captured eight of 11.

“I just had to bear down a bit more,” stated Poitras. “The first game against Philly, I think maybe I wasn’t prepared or I hadn’t taken that many draws. So before the game game on Monday, I took a few more draws and the second time around going against some of the same guys, I knew some of their tendencies and I tried to change up what I’m doing. And I win a couple draws.”

While a lot about his sport is precocious, he couldn’t disguise the truth that he’s nonetheless very a lot a child when Marchand’s Marner comparability was introduced as much as him.

“That’s pretty cool. It’s a good compliment,” stated Poitras, grinning ear-to-ear. “Yeah, that’s cool.”…

Montgomery didn’t give a glowing evaluation on Fabian Lysell, the B’s first spherical choose two years in the past.

“I think Lysell’s had moments where he’s been good, and he’s had moments where he’s struggled,” stated Montgomery. “He’s drafted to be a skilled offensive player and, in order to be a skilled, offensive player, you’ve got to produce. And we haven’t seen the production yet.”