<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; ">Some NHL prospect camps are shuttering up their doors due to potential labor strife over the next few months, but the Bruins are full steam ahead and announced their camp dates on Thursday.<br><br>The entire prospect camp will open and close prior to the July 4 holiday, but interestingly will coincide with the first few days of NHL free agency.<br><br>The sixth annual Bruins Development Camp will open on Thursday, June 28 in the week following the NHL Draft and will conclude on Monday, July 2. All sessions will take place at the practice home of the Boston Bruins at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.<br><br>The camp will include any players drafted by the Bruins in Pittsburgh the previous weekend as well as their top prospects including 18-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton. The top-10 pick from last years draft is expected to compete seriously for a roster spot with the big club after tearing it up with the OHL Niagara IceDogs last year in junior hockey.<br><br>The Hockey News has already ranked him as the fourth best defensemen in the world that isnt already playing in the NHL, and the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder had 72 points in 50 games with a plus-34 rating. Hamilton followed that up with 23 points in 20 playoff games in Niagaras quest for the Memorial Cup before they were eventually eliminated by the London Knights.<br><br>He was also unanimously named the OHL Defensemen of the year this season, and truly appears to have nothing left to prove at the junior hockey level.<br><br>The Bruins will release a full roster of expected attendees of the Development Camp at a later date, and it should be noted by fans planning to attend that the dates are subject to change. Future Boston stars like Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask and David Krejci all took part in the Bs development camp on their way up the organizational ladder.<span>
Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?
*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.
*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.
*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.
*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.
*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.
The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.