Karson Kuhlman went from being an under-the-radar free-agent signing out of college a year ago to the incumbent second-line right wing for the Bruins since training camp opened last week.
But Kuhlman isn’t guaranteed a spot playing with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, never mind a spot on the opening night roster.
Kuhlman talked about what it’s like competing with some of his friends for a NHL job when he joined co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman on this week’s The Skate Podcast.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has been open about how impressed he’s been by the chemistry of the DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman line since they played together a bit last season. Kuhlman said the key to a lot of that is communication.
“Definitely I think our conversations are very good. We talk quite a bit on the ice, and then obviously off the ice too, Krech kind of lets us know what he sees and what he wants in certain situations, which is great for me, because his hockey IQ is through the roof,” Kuhlman said. “So I really just want to be able to help him out and be available for him. And JD and I obviously want to get up the ice as fast as possible and make some plays.”
Krejci is definitely one of the more soft-spoken Bruins players, but that doesn’t stop him from making sure his linemates get his message and do what he wants them to do when they’re on the ice together.
“It’s subtle for sure. When he’s open and wants the puck, he’ll let you know for sure. But it’s great, I need that because I’m the same way. I’m going to be yelling at guys what I see and when I want the puck as well,” Kuhlman said.
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