BOSTON -- The Bruins pared a few more players from their NHL training camp roster on Sunday morning as four cuts were made. The most notable was 19-year-old goaltender Malcolm Subban just a few days after allowing eight goals to the Detroit Red Wings in a rough 8-2 loss Thursday night at TD Garden.
Youngsters Justin Florek, Carter Camper and Zach Trotman were also released from the NHL camp, and all four will report to the Providence Bruins training camp when it gets underway next week. Florek and Camper both had decent camps this season as experienced AHL players, and will provide the B’s organization with needed forward depth throughout the season.
The cuts allowed the Bruins to hold one practice with the collection of players still remaining camp.
“Just the one group is always good for at least the coach’s anyway,” said Claude Julien. “I’m sure the players are feeling the same way as we get closer and closer to getting the roster to where we need to be. We’ve got three games, and we’ve kept enough players to look at those players we need to evaluate for those spots.
“But at least we also have a good idea of what the other players can bring to us if call-up time comes during the year.”
Trotman had a sensational rookie training camp in Florida, potted a goal last week against the Canadiens on a searing blast from the point, and really entered himself into the conversation among Boston’s organizational depth along the blue line. But the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder also showed he might have some work to do in his own zone during the lopsided loss to Detroit on Thursday night, and will continue to work on those things at the AHL level.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Trotman could be the first defenseman called up to Boston if/when injuries hit the blue line this season, though, and the 2010 seventh round pick had all the look of a future NHL defenseman in camp.