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Anders Bjork as advertised, patience preached for Trent Frederic & more takeaways from Prospects Challenge

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A loaded Bruins roster featuring the likes of Anders Bjork, Jack Studnicka, Urho Vaakanainen and more wrapped up its play in the 2019 Prospect Challenge showcase up in Buffalo on Monday — going 1-1-1 during the three-game event. 

Here are a couple of takeaways from the four-day tournament — especially when it comes to the performance of some of Boston’s most promising youngsters in the pipeline. 

 

Anders Bjork thrives in return to the ice 

Entering the weekend showcase as a 23-year-old with 50 games of NHL experience under his belt, the expectations for Bjork were high up in Buffalo — even if the winger was coming off of his second major shoulder surgery in as many years.

“It’s been a long time since he’s played,” Bruins development coordinator Jamie Langenbrunner said of Bjork ahead of the tournament. “Him and I talked about it this summer. This was a good opportunity for him to do that. We expect him to be a good player this weekend and he should be. He should be noticeable.”

While Bjork did not suit up in Boston’s finale on Monday against the Devils, the winger was