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    Sean Kuraly’s maturity developing on and off the ice

    Tim Rosenthal July 16, 2015

    WILMINGTON, Mass. — Don Sweeney’s roster shakeup in his first year as Bruins GM is well documented. The acquisitions (Jimmy Hayes and Matt Beleskey), departures (Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Milan Lucic) and first round picks (Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zachary Senyshyn) all made headlines for better or for worse during an eventful off-season.

    Another one of those additions, Sean Kuraly, should be a name that Bruins fans should also get accustomed to.

    Kuraly, who was drafted by the San Jose Sharks, was acquired in the deal that sent Martin Jones (acquired in the Lucic trade from Los Angeles along with Colin Miller) to the Bay Area. The Black and Gold also received a first round pick.

    In all, Lucic’s acquisition turned out to be Kuraly, Miller and two first round picks when it was all said and done. One of the picks was used on Zboril. The other will be used next season.

    For his part, Kuraly will spend another season at Miami (Ohio) in 2015-16. The maturity he’s developed already will take him a long way.

    “He expected to go up to San Jose for Development Camp and then all of the sudden you get traded…it’s probably a little bit of a shock to him,” Pandolfo said of the 6-foot-2 winger. “Nowadays, I think guys are aware that something can happen at any time. So he’s gotten an education pretty quickly on how this business works, but he’s really excited to be here. He’s got a great attitude and we’re happy to have him.”

    This may not be the only time Kuraly gets dealt. It’s certainly not going to be the last time he’ll encounter the business side of hockey.

    When the time comes, Sweeney and the Bruins brass will likely put an entry-level contract on the table. Or, they could use him as a trade chip if they feel the need to get a veteran upgrade.

    Handling the first encounter of the hockey business, however, is a relief for Kuraly.

    “It’s obviously a little bit of a surprise,” Kuraly said about the trade. “I guess getting it out of the way early and realizing that it’s a business is a good lesson to learn before I’ve actually gotten into it.”

    Being traded before the start of a professional career can be daunting for some. Kuraly, however, is looking forward to being a contributor to the Black and Gold down the road.

    “It’s a storied program with a ton of history,” Kuraly said about being traded to the Bruins. “There’s a championship culture [with them] and it’s something I want to be a part of. It’s something more than just a career, it’s something hopefully that is being a part of something bigger than yourself.”

    For a big guy, Kuraly is pretty quick. Through his first three seasons at Miami, he’s displayed a combination of size, speed, and skill as the RedHawks’ captain tallied 70 points (37 goals, 33 assists). Additionally, he played a key role in guiding Team USA to the gold medal at the World Junior Championships.

    Though the numbers may not be eye-opening, Kuraly has developed into a solid two-way forward, and is projected to do the same at the NHL level according to Hockey’s Future. Other scouting gurus, including Kirk Luedeke, also see a bright future for the 2011 fifth round pick.


    What happens with Kuraly’s career path remains to be seen. But his size and skill seems to fit what the Bruins are looking for in a player.

    “He’s big and strong and he’s better with the puck than I thought he was,” Pandolfo said about Kuraly’s skill after the second day of working with the Bruins’ prospects.

    “He seems like a Bruin type player. He’s strong, he’s hard on pucks, he’s mature already and physically he’s developed. So I think he’s definitely going to push for a job next year.”

    He expected to be at San Jose’s Development Camp before returning to campus for his senior season. The Sharks had other plans to fix a short term need and Kuraly was exposed to the off-ice side of things for the first time.

    Two days into Bruins Development Camp, and a few weeks removed from being acquired from San Jose, Kuraly hopes he can learn a few things and carry the lessons he learned into his final year at Miami.

    “I just hope to learn as much as I can, really,” Kuraly said. “There’s so many guys in here that know so much and know that there are different paths to get here. A lot of guys that have been here for a long time have some pretty great experiences and can help me learn all the ins and outs and making sure that I know what I’m doing and I know where to go and learning about the facilities is something I look forward to learning about the most.”

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.



    1. Bojangles July 17, 2015

      Just an FYI – Looch was traded for two firsts, Kuraly, AND, Colin Miller.

    2. Winston Stevens July 17, 2015

      Riley Sheahan’s numbers for Notre Dame weren’t the best either and he’s become an important player with the Red Wings, sounds like this kid is built about the same, so I too expect good things in a couple years

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