By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
WILMINGTON With a final power skating and drills session on Thursday morning at Ristuccia Arena, the rookie training camp officially came to a close with Bruins training camp commencing tomorrow at TD Garden.
The rookies will skate on the ice at TD Garden Friday morning while the veterans will go through physicals and fitness testing. A pair of camp sessions are scheduled for Saturday morning at the Garden.
Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning said that the rookie games against the New York Islanders were a mixed bag with 19-year-old Ryan Spooner again making the biggest impression after a four-point performance in the first game. Four rookies from the field of 22 players will be cut or returned to their amateur teams on Thursday, and the remaining 18 players will mix and mingle with the NHL veterans when camp truly begins on Saturday.
Weve got some skilled guys coming, so it was good to see them perform in the games. I thought the first game everyone played well and Spooner especially had a very strong game, said Benning. "Everybody played well and competed, and looked good. The second game was not so good. We had some chances and couldnt score, their goalie played well and then we got behind by a few goals.
Spooner will be here all week and hes gotten stronger, but its tough to say how hell do. Well see what he does against the big group. The NHL guys and older players are physically stronger and faster than the group hes playing with this week. Well see how he does, but so far hes looked very good.
It will be a quick transition, as the Bruins will hold their first exhibition game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday night with a handful of games to follow the preseason opener.
Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.
*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.