Thoughts from Day 4 of B's development camp

Thoughts from Day 4 of B's development camp
July 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
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WILMINGTON – A few thoughts from Day Four of Bruins Development camp at Ristuccia Arena where the 23 prospects went through a good share of battle drills that accentuated puck skills in tight spots, and finished things up with a round of penalty shots to the delight of the crowd.
*Interesting comments from Providence Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy after Saturday’s session. In essence he believes that Craig Cunningham is behind a number of other Bruins – including Ryan Spooner, Alex Khokhlachev, Justin Florek and Matt Fraser – on the depth chart when it comes to challenging for spots on the NHL club, and also thinks that Seth Griffith still has development to go at the AHL level before he might potentially be ready in Boston. This isn’t development camp news per se, but still pretty interesting in handicapping how things will shake up in training camp.
*Good week for Mass. native Billy Sweezey, who was invited to the B’s development camp two weeks ago to the day when he found out that he wasn’t drafted by an NHL team. He’s more than held his own against the other competition from around the world, and showed off a couple of slick shootout moves during the penalty shot portion of practice at the end. He appears to have some raw offensive skills and won more than his share of battles in the defensive zone, and looks like he’s on track for an excellent college career at Yale University.
*David Pastrnak brought his own skates with him from Sweden to participate in the development camp, but is wearing patchwork equipment from other players including a pair of Gregory Campbell’s gloves. He looked uncomfortable in some of the new gear on the first day, but continues to look really slick and crafty with the puck on his stick during workouts. He has taken a lot of spills on the ice, however, and it almost looks like he’s having a problem with the skates he is using. I assumed he was using new skates when I saw him on the first day of development camp, but it appears like he might be one of those guys that takes a tumble every once in a while. He also used the toe drag move again, and set up one of his teammates for a one-time bomb after catching the attention of the entire defense with his fancy dangling. He is the real deal, and easily the best-looking offensive prospect in camp.
*Camp invitee Cole Bardreau has the look of a guy that might be able to hook on with the Bruins once his career is over at Cornell. He has some good offensive skill, doesn’t shy away from puck battles and has flown under the radar after some serious injuries during his collegiate career.
*Camp invitee Simon Norberg has had a rough camp. He was smoked by Oleg Yevenko on a big hit along the end boards on the first day of development camp, and was blown off the puck by Ryan Donato during battle drills on Saturday afternoon. He has some visible skills, but he has a lot of room to go in the size and strength department if he hopes to play hockey in North America.
*Great job by the Bruins this week giving their prospects the first class treatment. The B’s prospects went to Fenway Park to take batting practice on Saturday morning, and all had Sox jerseys with their names stitched on the back. It was special to all the kids, but it was clear that Ryan Fitzgerald, Billy Sweezey, Ryan Donato, Michael Doherty and Matt Grzelcyk were on Cloud Nine for the rest of the Day. Donato said it’s a ”day that he’ll never forget” and the NHL treatment from the B’s organization is exactly the right kind of carrot to keep in front of their prospects as a motivator for what might be possible in Boston down the line.