As NHL rookie camps opened around the league today, the Boston Bruins rookies hit the ice determined to give their all for a chance with the club. Many of the players saw ice time during development camp this past July, others have seen both the AHL and NHL ice as a member of the black and gold, at camp it’s anyone’s game.
With 13 forwards: Anthony Camara, Mitchell Dempsey, Campbell Elyniuk, Alex Fallstrom, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Jayden Hart, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Matthew Lindblad, Wayne Simpson, Ryan Spooner, and Maxime Villemaire. Seven defensemen: Mickael Beauregard, Chris Casto, Alex Cord, Tommy Cross, Jesse Lees, Steven Spinnell, and Zach Trotman. Two goaltenders:Adam Morrison and Malcolm Subban, the talent pool is deep. Niklas Svedberg hit the ice as the third goalie for practice this afternoon after practicing with members of the team during Captains’ practice earlier in the day.
After posting successful numbers with Providence of the American Hockey League last season, both Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight, who trained together throughout the off-season are expected to shine.
Spooner discussed his off-season and his expectations coming into camp:
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Forward Anthony Camara, a Toronto native known for his physicality, made an impact this past development camp, he’s looking to do the same in the coming days.
While the opportunities are endless, the young players will have a chance to show Bruins brass what their made of during three games in Florida at the end of this week into the weekend.
Rookies will be facing off against fellow rookies from Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Nashville Predators. All three games will take place at the Saveology.com IcePlex in Coral Springs. The game against Tampa Bay is at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6; the game against Florida is at 4 p.m. on Sept. 7; and the game against Nashville is at 12 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Players that don’t make the cut will give it a go at the Providence Bruins camp. Providence, who announced a pre-season match-up at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA on September 27th against San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate Worcester will certainly be gaining a talented lineup.