In late March, Kaspars Daugavins barely could crack the Ottawa Senators' lineup and eventually was waived. Now, the left wing not only is heading to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Boston Bruins, he seemingly is part of their top 12 forwards in the aftermath of Gregory Campbell's broken fibula sustained in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 24-year-old said he feels blessed that he was plucked off the waiver wire by Boston on March 27. "Well, obviously I was lucky to get out of there [Ottawa] and come to a great organization and I wasn't thinking this far," Daugavins said after the Bruins practiced at TD Garden on Monday. "Like at the time, I was just hoping to get some ice time and play and prove that I can be in this League. And we picked up in the playoffs, so it's awesome. It's like a big bonus right now." With Campbell out for the remainder of the postseason, it's likely Daugavins will continue to fill Campbell's lineup spot when the Cup Final begins Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Ice time wasn't plentiful for Daugavins after he joined the Bruins. He skated in six regular-season games (he recorded one assist) after arriving in Boston, and after he played in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was scratched for every game until Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh. Playing his first game since May 1, Daugavins contributed to the Bruins' sweep-clinching win with 12 shifts in 6:46 of ice time, two shots on net and one chance that hit the post.
Getting waived best thing for Daugavins
NHL.com | Jun 10