Bruins' rookies in good shape

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Bruins' rookies in good shape

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.

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.