Bruins Notebook: After slow start in pro hockey, Karson Kuhlman looking to carry momentum up to NHL; Grzelcyk gets closer

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ANAHEIM — It hasn’t exactly been the forecast one would expect from four days in Southern California, but Karson Kuhlman isn’t letting a little precipitation rain on his parade.

Beverly Hills or Barrow, Alaska — it wouldn’t matter for the 23-year-old center, so long as he gets a shot up in the NHL ranks.

“Not too bad,” Kuhlman said of making Boston’s trip out to California. “I’d be excited to go anywhere, but the West Coast is nice. Thought we were going to get a little sun, too, but unfortunately it’s been a little rainy so far. But can’t complain.”

Kuhlman is the latest B’s prospect to earn a few reps up in the NHL this season, with the Minnesota-Duluth product set to serve as an extra skater for Boston’s five-game, 10-day road trip out west. Boston’s offense is set to take a major hit with David Pastrnak on the shelf for at least the next two weeks due to thumb surgery, but the Bruins’ aren’t expecting Kuhlman to suddenly inject some scoring punch into the bottom-six corps.