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Sauve back to juniors

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 24, 2008 03:49 PM

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Maxime Sauve is going back to his junior team. (Getty Images Photo)

The Bruins made their second round of cuts, sending Maxime Sauve back to Val-d'Or, his junior team.

Sauve, the club's most recent second-round pick, appeared in one preseason game last night against the Islanders. Sauve centered Matt Marquardt and Martins Karsums and skated on the No. 2 power-play unit.

"We know he's a very skillful player, so we were giving him an opportunity on the power play to showcase his strengths," Claude Julien said after last night's 2-1 overtime loss. "He's our second-round pick. We have high hopes for him. Just making sure we get a good look at him. Obviously the chances are that he'll end up back in junior at some time. But this is an opportunity to give those guys a reason to go back there and try to better themselves, realizing there's still a lot to work on."

The Bruins have 44 players remaining in camp.

ANALYSIS: An expected move. Not a bad first pro camp for the 18-year-old Sauve. He's raw but showed some good wheels and puckhandling ability. Sauve could be in the mix for a Team Canada slot for this year's World Junior Tournament.

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