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

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

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Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

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Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.