Kuraly collected his third point of the season during a 4-1 win over the Golden Knights on Sunday. Kuraly was going for an easy dump-in when Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban came out too far to play the puck, allowing Jeremy Lauzon to score his first career goal and Kuraly to tally a rare assist. The Bruins' fourth-line center also put up three shots and four hits during the contest.
Kuraly and the Bruins' penalty killers held the opposition to 1-for-5 on the power play during Tuesday's 4-1 win against the Senators. Kuraly centered the second penalty-killing unit on top of his usual fourth-line center minutes as the Senators only managed to convert one of their five power-play opportunities. He also added three shots, a hit and a block in the victory.
Kuraly centered the Bruins' fourth line during Sunday's practice, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. Meanwhile, David Backes moved up to the team's third trio, as coach Bruce Cassidy continues to tinker with the Bruins' line combos early on. It's possible that Kuraly could move up and down the Boston lineup as the season progresses, but as long as he skates on the fourth line, his fantasy upside is modest.
Kuraly is slated to open the season as the Bruins' third-line center, WEEI.com reports. Kuraly was a mainstay on the Bruins' fourth line last season, but he's now slated to fill the third-line void created by the free-agent departure of Riley Nash. To earn the slot, Kuraly beat out youngsters Trent Frederic and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson. If either of those two catch get hot at the AHL level, a call-up could ensue, but Kuraly should keep the job for at least awhile. His projected linemates are young sharp-shooting Ryan Donato and veteran power forward David Backes. At first glance, Kuraly's fantasy ceiling is modest, but he does have some untapped offensive potential thanks to his solid skating and ability to cycle to the puck down low.
Kuraly (lower body) centered the third line at Friday's practice. As the regular season approaches, Kuraly is a roster lock, but it has yet to be determined if he'll open the upcoming campaign on the third or fourth line. He's a candidate to replace Riley Nash as the team's third-line pivot, but rookies Trent Frederic and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson are also in the mix for that job. At 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, Kuraly brings a good mix of size and energy to the table, and while he does have some untapped offensive potential, the 25-year-old's statistical ceiling will remain modest as long as he's entrenched in a bottom-six role.
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