Five Bruins players to pay close attention to in NHL preseason

The return of the New England Patriots and the NFL season has garnered lots of attention from Boston sports fans, but the upcoming hockey campaign is right around the corner.

In fact, the Boston Bruins will hit the ice for competitive action Sunday when they travel to Washington for their preseason opener against the Capitals.

After a busy offseason that saw the B’s add several players in NHL free agency, the competition for roster spots in training camp and the preseason will be fierce. The team also has several young players who will be competing with these older veterans for both spots in the lineup and ice time.

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Here’s a list of five players to pay close attention to during the preseason.

Jack Studnicka, C

The No. 2 center role is the most interesting position to watch for the B’s — not only during the preseason but the regular season as well. David Krejci’s departure has created quite a hole in the top-six. While it’s likely that veteran Charlie Coyle will start in this spot when the regular season begins Oct. 16, Studnicka should get plenty of looks in this role before that point.

Coyle is limited to begin camp after undergoing offseason knee surgery. This allowed Studnicka to begin camp alongside Taylor Hall and Craig Smith during Thursday’s practice. Studnicka bulked up in the offseason, adding around 15 pounds of strength.…

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