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.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.