WILMINGTON, Mass. — As with all coaches, Bruins bench boss Claude Julien reserves the right to change his mind. But Julien did reveal today that he’ll probably start newcomer Rich Peverley off as a winger.
The Bruins didn’t go through line drills during their practice at Ristuccia Arena, but Julien said during his post-practice media briefing that he would probably give a line of Michael Ryder, Chris Kelly and Peverley a shot. The team will practice again Monday at Ristuccia before departing for their Canadian road trip that starts Tuesday night in Calgary.
“It doesn’t really matter. I can play wing. I don’t really mind where I play,” said Peverley, who has played mostly center the last couple years with Atlanta and Nashville.
If the Bruins feature a Ryder-Kelly-Peverley line, that could drop No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin into a fourth-line role, where he would compete for a lineup spot with Daniel Paille. Julien didn’t commit to anything as far as Seguin, so there remains the possibility he could see some time among the Bruins’ top six up front.