WILMINGTON, Mass. Once again the Bruins fans have kept the tradition strong of gigantic crowds at Ristuccia Arena for the first day of Bruins Development Camp, and they were kept entertained by the best and brightest Bs prospects.
Dougie Hamilton donned No. 59 and Malcolm Subban put on No. 81 and was rocking yellow and black pads that might have been Bellevilles colors, but they also looked very fitting as a member of the Bruins.
Swedish goaltender Niklas Svedberg was rocking fire engine red pads at the other end of the ice from Subban, and will likely be looking to trade those in once he gets going with the AHL Providence Bruins this season.
The prospects worked on two-on-two drills at opposite ends of the rink, and were able to show off some of their battle and physicality, and some flash at points as well.
Charlestown, Mass. native and third round pick Matthew Grzelcyk showed all kinds of dazzle with spin moves and quick turns skating around attackers while working in close quarters. The 22 Bruins prospects skated for about 75 minutes in the first session before stretching out, and finishing the first session in five days of practicing together for the first time.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.
*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.
*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.
*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.
*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.
*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.
*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.
*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.
*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.
*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.
*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.
*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.
*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.
*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.
*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.