Trotman shines in first P-Bruins scrimmage

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Trotman shines in first P-Bruins scrimmage

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. While Zach Trotman managed to get in nine AHL games under his belt last season after signing an entry-level deal with the Bruins, this was supposed to be a year of firsts for the 22-year-old blueliner.

It would be his first full pro season, his first NHL training camp and his first chance to truly make a lasting impression on the decision makers that could grant him an NHL job someday.

Well, two out of three isnt bad.

Its been a long summer, so I think everybody has been itching to get back out there, said Trotman. Its huge to be at the next level and see how everybody gets prepared at this leveljust the pace of it.

It was nice to get a few games under my belt last year just to see what this was all about, and now this is a nice little confidence-booster to get ready for the season.

While the 6-foot-4, 202-pound Trotman wont get to experience a full NHL training camp this time around, hell be with the Providence Bruins this season and he has the watchful eyes of the Bs front office and coaching staff upon him. With that in mind Trotman had an auspicious debut finishing with four points and a hat trick in a 5-1 win for the Black Team over the White team in the first scrimmage of camp.

Aside from Trotmans hat trick, Justin Florek, Chris Bourque and Carter Camper added the red lamp-lighters during the scrimmage on the second official day of camp.
Two of Trotmans goals were point shots that managed to snake through traffic in front of the net, and the third was a top shelf rocket off a nifty feed from Matthew Pistilli with Craig Cunningham driving straight to the net.

While Trotman finished with 11 goals last season for Lake Superior State before signing with the Bruins, he wasnt about to crown himself an offensive defenseman after one good day of practice.

I wouldnt say that Im an offensive defenseman, but Im more of a two-way guy, said Trotman. So getting shots through at the point and creating rebounds and tips is definitely a big part of my game. All of the forwards were giving me good passes and then stacking up down low in the zone in front of the net.

We were joking about it before the second half and Kevan Miller said why dont you just go out there and get the hat trick? Then I had a shot go in right at the start of the second half.

Here were the lines and defensemen pairings from the P-Bruins scrimmage while the coaches mixed and matched throughout:

WilsonSauve-Spooner-Bourque
MacDermid-Cunningham-Pistilli
Courtnall-Hanson-Tardif

Warsofsky-Trotman
Button-Lowery
Kipp-Exelby
Bartkowski-Miller

Hutchinson
Morrison

Hirschfeld-Camper-Caron
Robins-Whitfield-Knight
Randell-McKinnon-Florek

Krug-Cohen
Cross-Bidlevskii

Svedberg
Hunwick

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

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Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
 
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
 
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
 
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
 
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.
 

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.