After their worst loss of the season Friday, a 6-1 drubbing by the Red Wings, Bruins coach Claude Julien decided it was time to shake things up. For Sunday's rematch at Detroit, Julien sat rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer and rookie center Zach Hamill in favor of rear guard Mark Stuart and rookie forward Tyler Seguin.
Sitting Kampfer was a tough decision for Julien since the rookie is from Michigan and had lots of family and friends on hand. But Julien felt it was the best decision for the team.
“I know it’s difficult timing [with Kampfer], but we’ve got to make decisions for the right reasons,” Julien told reporters before the game. Kampfer has just one assist in his last 10 games. “We’ve been talking to him for a while now about his game and in the quick decision-making department area, he’s been struggling now for a bit, and that’s his biggest area of strength. He’s having a tough time with it. We’re going to sit back there, keep working with him and get him back on track.”
Julien also was hoping that Seguin, who had sat in the press box as a healthy scratch the last two games, had learned some lessons while watching from above. The rookie scored 1:29 into the game.
“Seguin is a 19-year-old that’s trying to grow into an NHL-er and gain the consistency that goes along with it,” Julien said before the game. “He’s a teenager playing against men, and he’s trying to make all of those adjustments. We knew at some point he’d be watching some games, so we’ve looked at it as a growing thing rather than a negative thing.”
After the game Hamill was sent back to Providence. He had one assist in three games since being called up Feb. 3.