WILMINGTON – The seventh-annual Bruins development camp got underway at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday afternoon, featuring the usual mix of fresh-faced youngsters fresh out of the junior ranks along with older, more ambitious prospects readying for their shots at the pro level.
The Bruins development camp roster included 24 players: three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards that make up the group of draft picks, organizational properties and an undrafted hopefuls looking for a chance within the business of being Black and Gold.
It’s the same development program that has helped churn out Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, David Krejci, Tuukka Rask, Adam McQuaid and a host of other players over the last seven years.
“As we tell the kids, it’s about learning the expectations that the Boston Bruins have for each one of them and the culture of the organization,” said Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney, who takes a key role in the development of Boston’s continuing wave of young players. “From doing drills the right way to the professionalism on and off the ice that [Bruins media relations guys] Eric [Tosi] and Matt [Chmura] will deal with to the lifestyle of being a pro, and getting comfortable. So when it’s the right time to come and compete for a job that you’re putting the best foot forward as a pro.
“This isn’t about earning any spot today. This is about what’s in front of you, and your own development trajectory. We look for indications of growth and development with the returning guys, and evidence that they’ve put in the work from one year to the next. That’s what they’re being judged on.”
Included among the Bruins players on hand for the first day of development camp are forwards Casey Bailey, Anton Blidh, Daniel Brodin, Anthony Camara, Ryan Carpenter, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Brian Ferlin, Ryan Fitzgerald, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Garnet Hathaway and Matthew Lindblad. The eight defensemen are Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Chris Casto, Alex Cord, Derek Docken, Matt Grzelcyk, Robbie O’Gara and Wiley Sherman. The three goaltenders at Bruins development camp are Malcolm Subban, Zane Gothberg and Adam Morrison.