NHL Notebook: Inside the ‘competition’ that comes with choosing seatmates on Bruins’ team flights; Kreider injured

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Sean Kuraly hasn’t had much luck over the last couple of years. 

If we’re talking about his fortunes on the ice? Well, that’s a different story. 

After all, the 27-year-old forward has seen his stock soar from AHL call-up in 2016-17 to the primary driver of a vital Bruins fourth line in 2019 and beyond. 

But off the ice — and namely, on the tarmac — Kuraly has whiffed the last couple of seasons when it comes to finding a dependable seatmate on the numerous chartered flights the Bruins set out on every year. 

“I sat with Riley Nash my first year  — and he left,” Kuraly explained. "I had Noel Acciari my last year, and he left. Now it's (Jake) DeBrusk — me and JD sit together. And he's a good seatmate. He knows to leave me alone. I don't want to be bothered. No, we get along. We're good buddies.”

In DeBrusk, Kuraly might have finally found ended the perpetual search for a reliable flight buddy. But in the totally unbiased and impartial view of DeBrusk, Kuraly doesn’t quite know how good he has it.

When it comes to the battle for vacancies on team flights, DeBrusk believes he holds sway over the top piece of real estate — the figurative “Boardwalk” on the Monopoly board that is the B’s chartered flights.

Well, you see, it’s a competition,” DeBrusk told BostonSportsJournal of the battle for seatmates on B’s flights. “And I’ve got the hot seat.”