[Providence, RI] - Following Sunday night's game against Bridgeport, I spoke with Boston Bruins prospect & first-year P-Bruins defensemen, Jeremy Lauzon. For some context, despite a big-time loss to the Sound Tigers, Lauzon played a great game and showed off some of his offensive capabilities. He was the best defensemen on the ice by far. Read the transcript below of my first-ever player interview here at Bruins Network.
Question: After playing in the junior level, what is the difference in pace between juniors and the AHL?
Jeremy: For sure the speed. The game is way faster, it’s a mens league. So last year I was one of the oldest in my league and now I’m one of the youngest. So for sure, its harder, I have to play harder getting to pucks. Just adjusting to the speed, too.
Question: I know its early in the season, but how do you feel through the first few games here at the AHL level?
Jeremy: I feel pretty good. I think I had a good first part of the season, I’m just looking forward to continuing to improve every game and improving my game in general.
Question: I noticed today you were showcasing more of your offensive prowess that we’ve seen from you before in juniors, is that something you've been working on as you piece together your full game?
Jeremy: Yeah, in juniors I was kind of a complete, two-way defenseman. I was able to make some plays offensively too. I just want to keep building on that and keep having that confidence on the blue-line. I know that I want to continue on improving the defensive-side of my game, but if I’m able to bring some offense I’m sure I will get there.
Question: Lastly, lets get off the hockey subject quick. How’s Providence been treating you? How do you like living in a different city going from the junior to the professional level?
Jeremy: Yeah, pretty good. It’s my first year in the US. It’s my first year from home too, because back in juniors I was playing like an hour from my hometown. So yeah, that was really close and I got to see my family a lot. But yeah I like it, the people are great, the people are welcoming to me. The team has great veterans here and I’m pretty excited - I’m happy, I like the city.
Here are some of my quick-notes on Jeremy Lauzon as both a player, and a person:
- Lauzon has looked very good through the first ten games down in Providence. He looks like he's been in the AHL for some time despite being a true rookie. Also, Lauzon is tremendous across all-three zones on the ice. His compete level is very impressive.
- Poise, little-details & recovery. If Jeremy makes a mistake (only minimal mistakes, you won't find any red-flags in his game) on a play, you'll rarely see him make that same mistake again. He has tremendous poise and does all the little-things right. He has the potential and makeup of a top-4, modern NHL defensemen. His future is bright.
- Jeremy is as wonderful of a person as he is a player. He has an infectious personality and usually has a smile on his face, which is nice to see at the professional-level of hockey. Sometimes you see players in the media whom aren't showing much emotion, they make it look like a chore. However, that is absolutely not the case with Lauzon. He is a genuine, young-man who is truly happy to be here. Jeremy is very gracious and appreciates every opportunity that comes his way. All of these things are evident after not only speaking to scouts who know him, but meeting him just once so far. The Bruins found themselves a good one.