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Up and down year for Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk

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Jake DeBrusk participated in drills during Bruins development camp last summer.Jessica Rinaldi

This hasn't exactly been the season that Jake DeBrusk was planning on after being selected by the Bruins with the 14th pick in the first round of last season's draft. His numbers are down. He dealt with an injury, which he says he came back from too soon. He was traded, from Swift Current to Red Deer.

"It's been a little bit up and down, you could say," DeBrusk said from a bus headed for Kelowna. "But, honestly, this year I've learned a lot and I'm focusing on my defensive side of my game and things like that. I think I'm finding my stride here, but just continue to try and get better every single day."

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In the 21 games since he was traded – not including Tuesday night's game – the 19-year-old has scored eight goals and has 16 assists. He had nine and 17 with Swift Current in 24 games. Those totals (17 goals, 33 assists) are off those from last year, when he finished with 42 goals and 39 assists for Swift Current in 72 games.

"I haven't scored obviously as many goals as I have last year and that part is a little disappointing, but I still think I'm the same player," said DeBrusk, who missed time due to a lower-body injury. I think I'm really progressing, becoming a pro, and that's all I think about every single day is just trying to get better, trying to add new elements to my game."

"I haven't been putting the puck in the net, but I've been getting the same chances. It just hasn't been going my way this year, I guess, which has been really frustrating, to be honest. I'm finding my game again and I think I'm a better player than I was last year."


Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@globe.com.

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