Review - All 51 Players at the 2017 Boston Bruins Training Camp

 

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Noel Acciari - 5’-10” - 208lbs - The first thing I noticed from Noel at training camp was that he looked to be fully healthy and ready to go. He loves to get into the greasy areas of the ice to try to win puck battles there, and he usually succeeds. Offering the team a high-octane motor and defensive reliability, he is a player who can be slotted into the bottom-6. There also really weren't many guys in camp that were as strong on their skates as Acciari was. Watching him work down low or deliver big hits is always a treat. Don't be fooled by his ‘grinder’ status as he also offers puck skills that are good enough to allow him to chip in offensively, too. I’d be hard-pressed to find better bottom-6 players in the NHL than Noel Acciari. 

Kenny Agostino - 6’-0” - 205lbs - The reigning AHL MVP was signed by the Bruins this off-season after posting 83pts for the St. Louis Blues affiliate team. Agostino is touted as a playmaking winger who can also put the puck in the net. To be honest, Day 1 of training camp was pretty lackluster for him. He didn't stand out, good or bad, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, not standing out amongst a group of hungry young players isn't a good thing, either. Although Day 1 wasn't that great, Day 2 was much better for him. He made good, patient plays during the 5v5 drill that awarded his teammates ample time to get set up and find open areas. Agostino is an fine skater who can really carve his way up the ice. There is some great potential in Agostino, as he has improved every single year as professional so far. Let’s face it, you don't score 83pts in the AHL by accident or sheer luck. With that being said, he really needs to piece together a more consistent effort when awarded the opportunity to impress. If he fails to do so, the AHL roster down in Providence will remain his home. 

David Backes - 6’-3” - 221lbs - David Backes is amongst the NHL’s most well-known players. Entering his second training camp with the Bruins, there are some notable changes to his game that stood out to me. He has gone on record earlier in the Summer saying that his off-season good has been focussed on foot-speed & this is proving to be true. Although he was never a blazing skater in his younger year for St. Louis, he appeared to come into camp a tad lighter on his feet. Not sure if he lost any actual weight, but he did appear to be leaner and touch quicker. His speed is probably topped out at this point in his career though. His line in training camp was: Vatrano - JFK - Backes. This line, or a combination of it, will most likely be the third line when the NHL season begins. Backes looked good next to JFK (Forsbacka Karlsson) and offered that young line a much needed veteran presence. Driving the net and opening space for young JFK was part of what stood out most to me during the drills. Backes has always been ‘all-business’ and that has not changed based on what I saw. Still a viable option in the top-9 for the Bruins. 

Matt Beleskey - 6’-0” - 203lbs - After a tough season last year, Beleskey has been set on trying to prove people wrong and be a better player. While a lower-body injury played a big part in his lackluster season, he appeared much faster and stronger this training camp. He still brings that strong motor that allows him to grind down his opponents no matter what line he finds himself on. However, his game during these on-ice sessions seemed much too complicated. I found myself wondering why he was trying to be overly creative instead of just driving hard & getting to those greasy areas. He was shooting a lot, but not was not very accurate. Despite his accuracy issue, he was rushing the play and often shooting pucks before the traffic in front of the net was created. I’d say Beleskey looked much better on his skates but just didn't bring the dog-eat-dog mentality he needed. His performance didn't resemble that of a veteran who's being chased by young players on the depth chart.

Patrice Bergeron - 6’-1”- 195lbs After having a sports hernia all last season, Bergeron looked as good as he ever has in training camp. There really isn’t much to say about him as he is still his regular, elite self. However, one thing to note is the instant chemistry he formed with new right winger - Anders Bjork. Finding Bjork open all over the offensive zone, the Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork line looked like it’s been together for multiple years - not just a few days. Bergeron is amongst the NHL’s best centers, and he is still the best two-way forward in the entire league. 

Anders Bjork - 6’0” - 185lbs - Watching Bjork play with a real NHL line in training camp was everything it was assumed to be. He is a tremendously smart forward who brings star-potential to the Bruins. First things you'll notice about him are his hockey-IQ & silky smooth hands. As good a skater as most 1st-round NHL draft picks, Bjork skates fluidly and effortlessly up and down the ice. He looked as natural as any other RW I've seen next to Marchand & Bergeron throughout the years. When he enters the offensive zone, you'll notice that he is smart enough (hockey-IQ like you read about!) to find the open areas and be in great positioning to receive a pass. Bergeron of course, has no problem hitting him with these passes either. Bjork is an exceptional skater and gets great leverage when using his edges —both inside and outside— to set himself up for a shot. As good of a skater, shooter & passer as other top-NHL prospects, the future looks bright for Bjork. He is NHL-ready right now and I have no doubt after his training camp performance that he will be slated next to Marchand & Bergeron come opening night.

Anton Blidh - 6’-0” - 201lbs - Blidh saw some NHL time for the Bruins last season as a prototypical grinder in the lineup. He is a good skater with quick, powerful strides. Not much to say about him as not much has changed. He found himself playing that dump-and-chase style of hockey in training camp, which wasn’t a bad thing because he is quite good at it. He doesn't have the offensive tools to really find himself in a top-6 role, but he is a good grinder for the bottom-6. I think he will spend the majority of the season in the AHL barring any injuries to Boston. 

Colby Cave - 6’-1” - 199lbs - I think Cave is an underrated player. He showed up to training camp like a young player who is trying to make a name for himself. A good skating, two-way center who can chip in offensively. He was finding open space and kept his stick in good position to receive passes or break up plays. Cave was very quick to jump on the loose pucks and showed ample amounts of hustle. I’ll have a hard time believing he won't get any NHL reps this season in a bottom-6 role. 

Peter Cehlarik - 6’-3” - 202lbs - Recovering from an off-season shoulder surgery, I only saw Cehlarik on the ice during Day 1 when I was there. He was sporting the red non-contact jersey while working on his hands and passing with one of the coaches. There didn't seem to be much wrong with his game and didn't look to be slower or anything like that. From my short assessment I’d say his recovery is progressing quite nicely. Cehlarik saw some NHL time last season and was a nice compliment on the left side of David Krejci. Once he is recovered fully he will be down in the AHL, but don't worry because he is more than likely going to get a shot next to Krejci again at some point this season. 

Austin Czarnik - 5’-9” - 167lbs - One of the most impressive players I saw in training camp. He is a small player, but he is as legit as anyone else in camp. He is an agile skater who reaches his top-speed very quickly from standstill, yet he is strong enough to win puck battles against players much bigger than him. There were a few players where he was in the neutral zone and made highlight-reel passes to gain the zone. Between his hockey-IQ, speed, and blazing wrist & snap shot - he is a legitimate NHL player with some serious upside. He might have to start the season in Providence, but he will most definitely get his shot with the big club. Czarnik may be small, but he will be showcasing that deft-passing touch for the Bruins when the time comes.

Jake DeBrusk - 6’-0” - 183lbs - DeBrusk is a complete 3-zone player with some serious goal scoring ability. He is a good skater with great physical power on the ice which allows him to win puck battles and drive hard to the net. Slotting on a line next to David Krejci and David Pastrnak, he was really impressive to me. Love the way he maintains a good center of gravity when skating up the ice. He appeared timid during the start of his session on Day 2, but then made me eat crow as soon as he made a no-look chip play to Krejci in the neutral zone to gain the line. His puck skills and hockey-IQ are both very high, and he is lethal in-close around the net. The future looks bright for DeBrusk & he will most likely start the season to the left of David Krejci. 

Ryan Fitzgerald - 5’-9” - 173lbs - During these training camp sessions, a few things stuck out to me watching Fitzgerald. His skating ability is fluent and strong, making him an effective two-way player. He was quick and smooth in the neutral & offensive zones during the 5v5 drills. With that quick skating of his, he is able to get to pucks quickly and make good, safe plays. He also has a nice scoring touch. Fitzgerald is a player to watch this year in Providence. 

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - 6’-1” - 192lbs - ‘JFK’ was amongst the best players on the ice during these good sessions. His skating ability was also very impressive as he was able to cover the ice very quickly. A smart, two-way center with high offensive potential, he is NHL ready and looks great on the line of Vatrano-JFK-Backes. Most likely your third line center to start the season, JFK is another exciting prospect to watch. He is quick, has soft hands, and works hard when the puck isn’t on his stick. Often times when you see a young player, especially a center, he isn’t doing much when the puck isn’t on his stick. This is not the case for JFK, as he pieces together nice defensive plays in all 3-zones on the ice. Being able to accelerate and use hisrangy-strides quickly, he is already showing signs of an impact NHL player. He is as complete a package as you'll find anywhere else. 

Jesse Gabrielle - 6’-0” - 196lbs - Not only does he make it hard for opposing players to skate against him, but he also is making it hard on his coaches to send him down to the AHL. One of the biggest standouts in training camp, Gabrielle is a high-octane player who loves to get under the skin of opposing players. He is an above average skater who can really fly up and down the ice. Smart, strong & effective, he even possesses a scoring touch. He scored some really nice goals during camp. It’s quite clear that he models his game after Marchand (his words, not mind) because he competes hard & can bury the puck. Seeing how he is already so strong on his skates, he could step in right now and play on the 4th line for the Bruins. If he starts the AHL season down in Providence, it won’t be long before he is in Boston. 

Colton Hargrove - 6-2 - 216lbs - Not overly skilled, but during training camp he was one of the hardest players to compete against. He was breaking up plays and finishing checks with his big body, usually going very hard into the boards. Hargrove is yet another Bruins forward who could turn out to be an effective bottom-6 player. He is also a good skater with powerful strides, has great strength on his skates. 

Danton Heinen - 6’-1” - 193lbs - Love. This. Player. During training camp, Heinen really looked like he was ready to come back to NHL and be an impact player. His vision, skating & hockey-IQ are all off the charts. Being able to slot virtually anywhere into the lineup, he offers tremendous versatility to the Bruins organization. There were a couple drills in particular where he delivered seam passes that I didn't even know were possible, he's legit. Heinen might have to start the season off in Providence, but it is going to be very hard to keep him down there. He's a legit top-6 forward in the making. 

Justin Hickman - 6’-2” - 224lbs - I’ll admit, I wasn't too crazy about Hickman during training camp. Hickman is a big power-forward type player who loves to be physical. He’s tough to play against, but his skating needs to be improved upon if he wants to be an NHL player. To me, it seemed as though he was lagging behind plays and slowing down his center, Colby Cave, during most of the drills.

Joona Koppenen - 6’-5” - 195lbs - The massive, Finnish center plays a defensive oriented game that consists of many safe plays. During Bruins training camp, I really didn't see anything greatthat stood out out to me. His hands and skating ability seemed to be on a lower-level than his competition. I think that his size really masks some of his shortcomings and he needs time to develop. I understand he had good point totals last year, but the jury is still out based on what that skating ability showed me during camp. 

David Krejci - 6’-0” - 186lbs - Similar to Bergeron, he has recovered from injury this summer and entered training camp fully healthy. He appeared to have no rust in his skating ability and looked quick. Not much needs to be said for a healthy David Krejci as the numbers speak for themselves. During camp, he looks to be quick and made some of the regular Krejci-like passes that we are used to. Finding and creating space for his line-mates, Krejci looked great. He still has plenty in the tank and a full season with young DeBrusk & star forward David Pastrnak will do him wonders. DK46 can still be an effective 1A/#2 center for this Bruins team, he is vital to their overall success. 

Sean Kuraly - 6’-2” - 212lbs - Kuraly showed all hustle during training camp. He has already lamented himself as an exception bottom-6 forward so far. He made some really nice plays that opened up space for his line-mates during camp. Kuraly is a strong skater and posses some nice hockey-IQ that allows him to be an above average bottom-6 player. 

Brad Marchand - 5’-9” - 181lbs - Not sure how, but it seems Marchand gets better & better every single year. His shot was status-quo in training camp - lethal. Vital to the Boston Bruins’ roster, Marchand is amongst the best snipers in the NHL. He was out there having a blast in camp too, often seen laughing amongst his teammates a lot.

Riley Nash - 6’-1” - 200lbs - Nash has been one of the best free agent signings for the Bruins is a long time. He’s an above average bottom-6 center who offers more reliability than a Swiss Army Knife. He's continuing his reputation throughout training camp as a steady, reliable player too. He looks just as good as ever, with his strong skating ability and defensive awareness. He is mot likely going to be the 4th-line center for the Bruins this season. I’d be surprised if you could find me a better 4th-line center than Riley Nash. 

Cedric Pare - 6’-3” - 215lbs - Pare is yet another big, stereotypical Bruins player. I didn't notice too much in his game that stood out in camp. He has decent skating ability and an average hockey-IQ. Looks to be a long-term project pick for the Bruins. 

David Pastrnak - 6’-0” - 181lbs - Showing up to training camp wth his brand new, $40 million contract, Pastrnak was continuing his torrid season from last year. He is only 21 years old and looked like a bonafide superstar out there. Pastrnak was showing some some more comfort with his moves. He had one of the nicest toe-drags I've seen yet as he gained the zone and transitioned it into an inside shooting position by the top of the right circle. 

Chris Porter - 6’-1” - 206lbs - A heavy, in your face type of player. Porter really didn't show anything great in training camp. Average skills across the board, really. Porter seems to me as if he is just an AHL player. 

Teddy Purcell - 6’-2” - 195lbs - A pleasant veteran surprise. Showed that he still has plenty left in the tank during camp. Purcell has been a longtime, successful NHL player & he can offer some serious upside to a bottom-6. Not sure he will be worth signing when there are so many young players fighting for a bottom-6 role. However, if he wants cheap money and short term, I see no issue having him on board for depth. He can still play, thats for sure. 

Tim Schaller - 6’-2” - 219lbs - A smooth-skating power forward who is more than proud to wear that ‘Spoked B’ on his jersey. He has some good skating ability, great center of gravity despite being tall, and hits hard in the dirty areas. Schaller made some nice plays and had a couple nice looks in camp. He adds to the ever-difficult bottom-6 situation for the Bruins’ management. 

Zach Senyshyn - 6’-1” - 199lbs - Senyshyn possesses all of the natural qualities found in the elite NHL goal scorers. When he was in training camp, he showed off his blazing speed and serious shot. He needs to develop his 200ft game, though. When Senyshyn has the puck on his stick, he's lethal, but when he doesn't have the puck he isn’t contributing much. When maneuvering through the neutral zone, Senyshyn has shown subtle, shifty moves that allows him to evade defenders without losing speed. When he goes down to Providence he is going to be able to work on refining his full 200ft game. Watch out for him when he does. 

Ryan Spooner - 5’-10” - 184lbs - Spooner comes into camp weighing more than he ever has, which is more than what he's listed at currently. His biggest knock has always been his ability to piece together that complete game required for NHL success. Determined to gain weight going into this season, it showed. During camp, Spooner was battling for bucks along the boards and get this, he was winning them. If Spooner can contribute with and without the puck, he might just be able to develop into his potential of a top-6 forward. If camp was any indication of his progress, he is making strides in the right direction ahead of this season. 

Jack Studnicka - 6’-1” - 171lbs - Studnicka was very impressive for a young center born in 1999. Training camp was a nice opportunity for him to show fans & staff why the team drafted him, and he crushed it. Studnicka is lanky, versatile center with good range and skating ability. He has a good defensive stick that remains on the ice always ready to generate offense or break up a scoring opportunity on the back-check. He is a good two-way center, and he showed the make up of an impact NHL player in camp. One thing that was impressive was his ability to skate in a short radius and explode with impressive speed. With 15pts in 11GP for Oshawa in the playoffs, the Bruins caught him right before the breakout year he's destined to have. 

Jordan Szwarz - 5’-11” - 201lbs - In all honesty, I forgot Szwarz was here during camp. I understand he has some skill and a good center of gravity, but he's pretty forgetful. When he wasn't the one with the puck, he was pretty invisible out there. Not a ‘bad’ hockey player per say, but he doesn't possess the skills to be a successful NHL player. He is an AHL player, there isn’t much more to it than that. 

Frank Vatrano - 5’-9” - 201lbs - My biggest issue with Vatrano from last season is that similar to a young prospect like Senyshyn, he didn't have much to offer when he wasn't shooting. In camp I really saw some things I liked. For starters, he was much stronger on his skates and had a wider stance when angling himself in-front of the boards engaging in puck battles. He looked to have better balance and wanted to assert himself a physical presence away from the puck. Vatrano-JFK-Backes is the line we saw him working on during camp. Vatrano also showcased that top-notch release & shot that makes him so dangerous. All said and done, he had a good camp and started to address his shortcomings. 

 

Defense: 

 

Chris Breen - 6’-7” - 224lbs - First thing you'll notice in this massive, tree-sized fellow is that he's surprisingly not too bad of a skater. He doesn't wow you with his abilities or puck skills, but he does offer some rather intriguing defensive minded hockey. Breen is clearly a large player, and he used his size well from what I saw in camp. He was often matched up against bottom-6 players but he didn't look all that out of place honestly. His stick positioning and gap-control (easy to maintain at 6’-7”) were good, and like I said, his skating wasn't half bad. Been is no stranger to the the minor leagues of hockey, as he is a seven-year AHL veteran. With that being said, he’s 28 years old and nothing more than an AHL player. 

Brandon Carlo - 6’-5” - 202lbs - Carlo looked good, which shouldn’t be surprising after playing all 82 games last year on the top defensive pair for the Bruins. From what I saw, Carlo was working on certain aspects of his game rather than continue what he was already good at. One of the issues with Carlo’s game last year was his puck-handling ability, not necessarily a lack of skill, but more so a lack of confidence and seasoning. During this Boston camp, Carlo was often seen on the blue-line trying to work on his offensive ability, and more importantly, his comfort with the puck in that regard. I saw him make a really nice play in the 5v5 drill where he received a cycle pass back up to the point, where he stopped up, cut in towards the inner circle and then fired off a nice wrist shot. Carlo’s game has always been centered around defense & his skating ability, which is why at times last year he wasn't all that great. Granted he was 20 years old all last season and will be until November of this year, so the quirks are to be expected. There were a couple of rough defensive plays in camp, as I’m not trying to say that he is a perfect player, because he isn’t. With that being said, Carlo offers tremendous gap control, smooth skating & solid puck moving abilities that make him a top-4 defensemen already. Working on his puck handling skills and fine tuning his offensive game will only make him a better player - even if he doesn't project to be a steady source of offense. 

Zdeno Chara - 6’-9” - 250lbs - I’ll say it in the best way I possibly can, after watch Chara in camp this year, the guy is an absolute freak of nature. It looks like playing less minutes last year (thanks to Brandon Carlo on his pair) has really sped up his off-season rest phase. Chara came into camp flying up and down the ice without skipping a beat. Showing off those big, powerful strides that sometimes get overshadowed by his age. After the 15’-16’ season, Big Z looked cooked. It seemed as though his age had finally caught up to him, but that was proven to be a shoddy theory. Chara looked well-rested and motivated, the guy can still play, while legitimately still being the teams best defender. As long as Chara doesn't have to play a ridiculous amount of minutes per game, the now 41 year old has shown he can still be an effective top-pairing defender.

Conor Clifton - 5’-11” - 195lbs - Clifton entered his first Bruins training camp as a solid defender who loves to hit. He has spent the last four years at Quinnipiac University, where he wore the “C” on his jersey in his final season. Although he isn’t very big, he has some good weight and nice center of gravity. His skating ability was good, and he was able to get back into coverage quickly. My only problem with him right now is that he likes hitting a little too much, as there were a few plays where he would go out of his way to make a hit. In college this might go unnoticed by most, but at the AHL and NHL levels it gets exposed easily. During the drills, 3v2 and 5v5, he lost himself a few times and got bailed out by the goalie. The thing to keep in mind here is that he has solid natural ability, and the kinks seem as though they can be worked out in Providence. I didn't really notice any red-flags when he is playing his game. Based off good camp, I’d suggest fans keep an eye on him in the AHL, he is a player to watch. 

Tommy Cross - 6’-3” - 205lbs - I thought Cross played well in camp. He has shown that he can play and contribute some solid defense, although I think he’s topped out in his development. What you see is what you get with him. Cross plays a safe, steady game of hockey and utilizes his skating well. Not much to say about Cross, but he's been a staple down in Providence for years and will continue to lead a young AHL team.

Taylor Doherty - 6’-7” - 235lbs - Really not a fan of Doherty. I like his size of course, but that skating ability really isn’t good. Granted, there are obviously some challenges in becoming a fluid skater at 6’-7” but Doherty just doesn't have it, in my opinion. There isn’t much here and he really didn't do much in training camp.

Matt Grzelcyk - 5’-9” - 176lbs - Big fan of Grzelcyk, and his performance in camp showed some really nice progress in his development. He is small, but he has good characteristics of modern NHL defensemen. His skating is superb, and his offensive awareness allows him to move the puck out of the zone quickly. He plays a similar style to Krug and he flashed some of his creativeness during camp. One thing that really stands out is that when he is on the blue-line at 5v5 or 5v4, he's almost always looking for tips & redirections in traffic. Grzelcyk is another promising young blue-liner for the Bruins. His camp was strong overall and it was a pleasure to watch him compete against some exciting, top rated prospects. 

Torey Krug - 5’-9” - 186lbs - Training camp was business as usually for Krug. He showed up fully healthy and looked top-notch as well. He is one player who seems to always be working towards getting better, and in my opinion that is something he is succeeding at. Krug was showing good board play on the 5v5 drills in his own zone, often using his hockey-IQ to get him in good positioning. What he lacks in size he makes up with in fluid skating, high hockey-IQ, and tremendous offensive prowess. Krug is a legitimate top-4 defensemen and was one of the most entertaining players to watch. There was a break in-between drills where Krug was showing off some fancy between-the-legs shot just for fun, which actually looked like he's been comfortable with it for years. 

Jeremy Lauzon - 6’-2” - 196lbs - In my opinion, he was the most impressive defensive prospect besides McAvoy. Lauzon is a two-way defender who speaks fluent “three-zone hockey” making him an extremely special player. With great range and gap control, nice shooting categories, smooth skating, and good puck skills, Lauzon is as good as another defender out there.e has good natural size and height, and he is a tremendous competitor. The plays he had made in the 5v5 drills were that of a seasoned NHL veteran. These drills also demonstrated all of his abilities and how he can compete with NHL players out there. Jakub Zboril edges him in raw skill, but Lauzon has the complete package and thrive to win. The fact of the matter is that Lauzon was turning heads while making nice plays across all three-zones, his future looks bright. When he goes down to Providence this year, it is only a matter a time before he establishes himself as one of the NHL best defensive prospects. 

Charlie McAvoy - 6’-1” - 208lbs - As always, watching McAvoy was an absolute blast. He's another one of those rare three-zone players except with more talent than both Zboril & Lauzon, which that is a testament of how good he is rather than a knock on those two player. McAvoy was often creating plays and moving the puck out of harms way in his own zone. He is highly touted as the NHL’s best defensive prospect and for good reason. He had been putting on an absolute clinic in camp. The Bruins truly added a future, if not already, top-pairing defender to their NHL roster. 

Adam McQuaid - 6’- 4” - 212lbs - I’ll admit I wasn't expecting to see much from McQuaid in camp this year. However, I was pleasantly surprised with what he had to offer. As an established NHL veteran, he actually showed some improvement in certain areas that I haven't seen from him in a while. I’d say it is due to a mix of confidence and being healthy, but McQuaid looked slimmer & faster. His puck handling abilities were that of his former healthy self of a few years ago, and his skating was pleasant to watch. There were a couple of minutes in each session where he was really pushing the pace while moving the puck through the neutral zone. McQuaid is obviously limited and doesn't offer much upside at this point in his career, but it was a good camp from him. 

Kevan Miller - 6’-2” - 210lbs - I thought Miller was one of the best players on the ice and it was nice to see him regain that confidence from when he was first called up to the Bruins several years ago. Flying up and down the ice during both sessions on Day 1 & 2 while I was there, Kevan Miller, similar to McQuaid, looked to have slimmed down a bit too. He had a good camp and is better than most bottom-pair defenders in the NHL, in my opinion. There are only a few teams with the luxury to have a Kevan Miller on their bottom-pair, I’m glad the Bruins are becoming one of them. 

Rob O’Gara - 6’- 4” - 207lbs - There are so many things to like about O’Gara and that list just keeps growing larger & larger. I’d be hard-pressed to find other 6’- 4” players that can skate as well as him. Loved what I saw in camp as he brings a solid, two-way game with good puck moving qualities for a larger defender. O’Gara relies on that fluid and powerful skating a lot, which is a good thing because he can transition to his inner and outer edges very smoothly. O’Gara was just as effective in the 5v5, 5v3, and skating drills as anyone else out there. He has a great attitude and it shows on the ice. With the way he fits the build of a modern NHL defensemen, he's going to make it hard on Bruce Cassidy to send him down to the AHL at the start of the regular season. My prediction is that he is battling Adam McQuaid for a spot on the bottom defensive pairing. 

Paul Postma - 6’-3” - 195lbs - Another player I wasn't expecting much from but actually had a good training camp with the Bruins. Postma is a big, steady RHD who can skate well, along with being able to play the body. He played pretty well in the majority of the drills. Nothing special or flashy, he’s just a solid depth defender, it doesn't get much more simple than that when describing him. 

Jakub Zboril - 6’-1” - 196lbs - A solid camp from one of the Bruins most highly-touted prospects. An extremely talented, big & strong, two-way defender who can deliver bone crushing hits all over the ice. Zboril looked nervous during some of the drills and even a little hesitant, but he shook that off and played well. Zboril is infamously known for sometimes making selfish plays and questionable decision making. However, coming off a much better season for the Sea Dogs, he had notable improvements across the board. I’ve written about Zboril before and I am high on him, so its really nice to see him make progress in his development. You can watch and track his development in progress down in the AHL this year. Keep an eye on him, I’m sure he is going to get a call up to the NHL at least once this year. 

 

Goaltenders

 

Anton Khudobin - 5’-11” - 195lbs - Coming off a disappointing season, he came to Good camp looking pretty sharp. There wasn't much to be shown honestly, training camp for veteran goalies is quite status-quo. I think Khudobin starts the season as the backup to Tuukka. 

Zane McIntyre - 6’-2” - 209lbs - Zane looked good in camp this year. He was cutting down the angle really well and had great positioning. His legs looked quick, but the skating stance looked a bit off. For whatever reason, he didn't appear to be getting enough leverage when in the standup position before dropping to butterfly. I sincerely think this is nothing more than a goalie being tossed into a hectic training camp environment. Zane is a good goalie and in my opinion he is NHL ready right now. If he can prove to be reliable, I can see him overtaking Khudobin as the backup to Rask.

Tuukka Rask - 6’-2” - 185lbs - The backbone to the Boston Bruins looked sharp and healthy in camp. Again, there isn’t much to be said for Tuukka Rask that you don't already know. 

Malcolm Subban - 6’-2” - 222lbs - Subban had a good camp, and thats even better news for him. Over the past few years he has struggled with bad injury luck and hasn't been able to get on the right side of development. Luckily for him, he is healthy and still young enough (23 years old) to start developing properly. He showcased his extreme athleticism with some nice plays and good recovery. Some fans are ready to give up on Subban, however I am not. I think he has some good talent and can develop into an NHL starter down the road.

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