By Joe Haggerty
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WILMINGTON Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney started the summer prospect camp five years ago with the idea of getting all their young players acquainted with the Bs way of doing things, and its working to very good effect.
Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning said that all Bostons young players came into rookie camp in very good shape for their physical testing, and that included 2011 second round pick Alexander Khokhlachev. Koko actually turned 18 years old on the first day of rookie camp, and apparently hes grown up quite a bit over the last few months following a disappointing performance in the prospect camp.
Khokhlachev was singled out as a player that didnt come into the July prospect camp with the proper level of physical conditioning levels, and it played out in the shuttle runs, sprints and other physical means used to measure the rookies. It appears the Russian scoring prospect has caught up to speed.
Prospect camp is a learning experience for a lot of these kids and Khokhlachev learned a lot from that, said Benning. His body fat came down a lot from two months ago so hes really worked hard from two months ago till today. Its been good. Well see if it translates on the ice for him. He looked a little quicker out there today but its a learning experience and a process for all these young players.
This time the entire group of 22 players passed all testing after undergoing a similar battery of conditioning in the prospect camp, and Benning hoped that meant theyd see the best of their rookies on the ice.
The guys all showed up in good shape. The guys that were at development camp, they put in the work the last couple of months and they all looked good, said Benning. So I mean, well see. Theyll play their exhibition games on the Island and well decide who comes to main camp from there.