Bruins Release Six Rookie Camp Attendees, Return Dempsey to Juniors
The following players were released from their ATO/PTO (Amateur Tryout Agreement/Professional Tryout Agreement):
Mitchell Dempsey, who was drafted by the Bruins in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has been returned to his junior team (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League).
Of the players who took part in the 2013-14 Rookie Camp, 13 continued on to Boston's training camp, which includes two preseason games this Monday and Tuesday in Montreal and Baltimore, respectively.
Here's a look at the Rookie Camp attendees still with the B's:
FORWARDS: Anthony Camara, Alex Fallstrom, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Matthew Lindblad, Ryan Spooner
GOALTENDERS: Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban
For the "rookies" who made the jump to main camp, players likely making the jump from juniors to the pro game this year include Camara and Subban (Griffith could as well, but has not been mentioned yet from management in the mix making the transition to pro). Linblad, Fallstrom and Khokhalechev all saw limited action with Providence towards the end of the 2012-13 season, whether by making the jump from the OHL like "Koko" or from the collegiate level, like Lindblad and Fallstrom (though Lindblad returned to Dartmouth to finish out his school year and was not with the P-Bruins for their postseason). Florek, Knight, Spooner, Casto, Cross, Trotman and Morrison were all with the P-Bruins last season (or the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays).
While the focus for main camp has been centered around the big club, and those with a possible "inside" track at the open roster spots, there are still a slew of young prospects who had made themselves known throughout the past few weeks.
Among those who impressed Providene Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy during Rookie Camp were Zach Trotman, who is paired with - and getting to learn from - Zdeno Chara at training camp, Ryan Spooner's "very dynamic" game and the line of Khokhalachev, Griffith and Camara, impressed him in the first two games of the rookie tournament.
Camara certainly has a physical presence, not shying away from board battles, while Khokhlachev has risen his game battling against the likes of Patrice Bergeron and looks much stronger on the puck.
Cassidy also highlighted Fallstrom's two-way game and said Florek stood out to him as being good on the walls.
Subban, who is still considered in the "back-up conversation" will likely be in Providence this season, challenging for the starting role. With Chad Johnson and last season's AHL Goalie of the Year Niklas Svedberg in competition for the back-up spot, Subban will have time to develop in his first pro season. Cassidy made sure to note following rookie camp that Subban some "terrific saves" down in Florida. He's picked up his compete level during the main camp, and should get a look in one of the upcoming presesason games.
As for what Head Coach Claude Julien has noticed from the prospects, he said it's tough to intricately evaluate all players at camp (currently 51 in all) on the same level without any game action yet.
"For me, I’ll be honest with you, when you’re dealing with almost four hours of ice and two sessions and you’re trying to give the guys an idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, and adjustments, sometimes, you know, you’ll see players but I’m not able to see everyone as closely as I will in a game situation," said Julien.
"But I can’t say I’m necessarily disappointed in any of those guys. [Alexander Khokhlachev] is, for example, is a guy that, he’s hard to stop, he works hard, and everybody knows this kid, he may not be A-plus but he makes up for it with his work ethic and his skill level. The [Jared Knight]s are guys that can shoot the puck, and if he uses speed down the wall and then takes pucks at the net, those things we’ll see pretty quickly how well they fare against players in the NHL."