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In Cooper Zech, Bruins might have found their latest playmaker in long line of undersized, overlooked defensemen

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Cooper Zech has heard the comparison plenty of times already. 

A 5-foot-9, playmaking defenseman who hails from Michigan? Signed on with the Bruins as a college free agent?

Even with the multiple correlations between Zech and Torey Krug, the 20-year-old skater has never had the chance to meet the Bruins’ veteran blueliner,  despite growing up just 20 miles west of Krug’s hometown of Livonia. 

Zech does, however, have a bit of history with Krug’s father, Kyle. 

“He was coaching the Belle Tire (Under-16 AAA minor midget team) one year,” Zech said of Kyle Krug. “He actually cut me.” 

That news didn’t seem to hamper Zech all too much, as the left-shot D has only continued to torment opposing clubs since then, even with his underwhelming frame. 

Much like Krug, Zech uses his standing as an “undersized” presence on the blue line as an effective chip on his shoulder. And as one of the latest additions to an organization that has already thrived with smaller D-men like Krug and Matt Grzelcyk, Zech could very well stand as the next in line to make his presence felt on the Bruins’ D corps.