Kicking off Wednesday morning at Rustucci Arena in Wilmington, the Bruins will welcome 23 of their most promising prospects to participate in a few days of on and off-ice activities in their eighth annual development camp with the hopes of giving some of their youngest talents a taste of what the NHL is all about.
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2014 development camp (via bruins.nhl.com)
The camp gives the assortment of young skaters a chance to showcase their skills to their team and the fans, while also bonding with each other over the fact that are in a spot that few other players in the world can say they are: in the running to compete for an everyday job in the National Hockey League.
But for these players, that is still a ways away down the road. Instead, starting tomorrow, they will get a chance to show the scouts that have picked them out of a haystack what they're made of. By taking part in team-building activities over the course of the week spent in Boston, it'll serve as a learning experience that they can hold in the back of their minds as they continue to work towards breaking into the NHL.
The players slated to participate are as follows, with 17 of them coming from the Bruin organization and the other six players attending on an invite basis:
Forwards: Cole Bardreau*, Kyle Baun*, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Michael Doherty*, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alex Globke*, Colton Hargrove, Simon Norberg*, David Pastrnak.
Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Rob O’ Gara, Wiley Sherman, Billy Sweezey*, Oleg Yevenko*.
Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Malcolm Subban.
The headline names attending are 2014 first round pick David Pastrnak and Providence Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban, with Subban being the most polished of the group of prospects in the pool after having just finished playing in his first pro season in Providence. Both players will be looking to make an impression in their own way, with Subban hoping to prove to his bosses that he's ready to shoulder the workload as the #1 goalie in Providence now that Niklas Svedberg is slated to backup Tuukka Rask in Boston.
For Pastrnak, he's only been in the United States once before, back on Draft weekend when the Bruins selected him at #25 overall in Philadelphia. Pastrnak will be making his first trip to Boston for the camp, and he hopes to make a good first impression on his new team and potential future teammates.
The camp will run from Wednesday, July 9 to Sunday, July 13th, with all on-ice sessions open to the public:
Wednesday, July 9: On-ice practice - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 10: On-ice practice - 11:00 a.m.
Friday, July 11: On-ice practice - 10:00 a.m.
-- Community event locations and times TBD
Saturday, July 12: On-ice practice - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13: On-ice practice - 10:00 a.m.