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Bubble Bruin: Matt Lashoff

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 3, 2008 12:33 PM

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As we'll do throughout training camp, we'll profile some of the players who could make the big club.

We'll kick things off with Matt Lashoff, who is entering the third and final year of his entry-level contract.

Profile: Puck-moving defenseman who can join the rush and quarterback the power play... A fluid skater who can move well with the puck... Has appeared in 30 NHL games over his first two pro seasons, recording one goal and six assists... Played in 60 games for Providence in 2007-08 and put up a 9-27--36 line... Was the 22d overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Weaknesses: Is still young (will turn 22 on Sept. 29), an indication of his inexperience... Had habit in junior hockey of overhandling the puck, which he's been trying to break... Was instructed to get stronger during the offseason, and he remained in Providence for most of the summer.

Primary competition: Matt Hunwick, Shane Hnidy.

Analysis: Lashoff will be given a hard look in training camp, considering the Bruins could use another puck-mover on the blue line. If Lashoff can remain a good skater while gaining upper-body strength, he should be in the mix. "He's a smooth skater," said Providence coach Rob Murray. "He's a guy who needs to think more about making passes quicker. He knows that. One of the things coming out of junior was that he loved to draw a guy toward him, then spin off him. We've tried to get him out of that. It's about moving the puck, jumping up in the play, and don't allow anyone to hit you. He has to be elusive and he's improved immensely."

Lashoff may be best known for this move:

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