Tough road for many B's prospects hoping to crack Boston roster

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Tough road for many B's prospects hoping to crack Boston roster

WILMINGTON, Mass. Former first round picks Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron will compete for starting spots on the Bruins roster when regular training camp opens, and Bs Development Camp attendee Torey Krug will get a look as well he tries to fill that need for a puck-moving defenseman.

Dont expect many of the rest of the 22 players at Bruins development camp to compete heavily for roster spots on the NHL club.

Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight are on the cusp of pushing for NHL jobs, and Knight will get an extended look in competition with Caron, Chris Bourque and any unnamed veteran wingers that Boston might bring into the fold.

Prospects like Malcolm Subban and Alex Khokhlachev are years away from pushing for jobs in Boston. In Subbans case the young goaltender is likely 4-5 years away from seriously pushing for the starting job with the Bruins a team that believes in a deliberate developmental track for their puck-stoppers.

Much of it is a matter of simple math as the Bruins have brought back 12 forwards, five of six defensemen are returning and the two goaltenders are now set for next season with Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin both signed.

If you look at our forwards -- and Jordan Caron of course is still under a two-way contract -- but the rest of them either need waivers or are on one-way contracts, so its going to be hard for the young guys, said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli when asked about the odds of non-incumbent youngsters breaking camp with the Bruins this fall. What we told them going into this camp is that, you know, youre going to have an opportunity to make the team. Theres obviously some that are more likely than others to have that opportunity.

But what weve done in the past and what we will do in the future is that if they knock our socks off we will find room for them. Generally speaking, this group will go back to their respective teams or Providence and continue to develop.

Thats not such a bad thing.

A stacked Providence team means the Bruins will have backup plans should injuries hit their front line this year, and hold an army of prospects should a trade become needed midway through the season.

The Bruins didnt have that kind of depth last season, and it ultimately cost them at points during the year.

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

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Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 
 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

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Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.