Subban flashes ability in Development Camp


Subban flashes ability in Development Camp

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Belleville Bulls goalie pads worn by Malcolm Subban have some yellow and gold in them, but they appear much more like old school Vancouver Canucks equipment than new-age Boston Bruins gear.

Even so, the flecks of black and yellow allowed the middle Subban brother to blend in with his Bruins brethren as he worked out for the first time with fellow Bs prospects on Thursday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

The 18-year-old Subban had a familiar look to him in terms of style and energy between the pipes, but everything he experienced on the Bs practice ice was a whole new world.

It was nice to get your foot in the door, to meet everybody and to see what it will be like as a member of the Boston Bruins, said Subban addressing a big group of reporters around the practice locker normally filled by Tuukka Rask. Id say there was nervousness and rust. Its the first time out there in a while and there were a lot of people cheering in the stands.

So it was nice to get that under my belt. I know a few of the guys, and its an easy place to fit in. Its been a great bonding experience so far.

While most of the other five goalies in camp were the picture of quiet, efficient motion while making standard saves, Subban showed off uncommon movement as he challenged shooters swooping in on him.

The scouting reports lauding his athleticism and competitiveness were dead on, and truth be told the quick movements and athletic challenges post-to-post were more than a little reminiscent of a certain two-time Vezina Trophy winner from Boston.

Any parallel to Tim Thomas is a long way down the road, however, and his first official day of work for the Bs went off without a hitch.

The athleticism you see right away, and how quick he is in the net, said assistant GM Don Sweeney. The next thing hell understand is that the shooters will be much better at the next level as well. Our goalie coach Bob Essensa will go to work with him on some things that hes seen in his game.

But he competes for every puck and every save even in this environment. Most goalies dont like to be scored on and hes no different in that regard. But the athleticism and the push across the net is very impressive.

The one hiccup in Subbans first afternoon in a Bruins jersey?

During shootout drills forward prospect Ryan Spooner continuously baffled the young goaltender with a dizzying array of double-moves, and showed Subban exactly what he can expect when he becomes an NHL player three or four years down the road.

Right now, though, it all gets chalked as a learning experience for Subban on his path to becoming Bostons goaltender of the future.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'


Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril


'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.