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Bruins Development Camp, Day 3

Wednesday, 07.11.2007 / 8:07 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bruins Development Camp, Day 3
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10:25
It's good to be home.
 
However, earlier this evening everyone had a fun time at the TD Banknorth Garden where the prospects met with Bruins and Garden staffers over dinner.

Most of the players had never been in the Garden and were intrigued by the B's locker room, Garden HDX (scoreboard) and the Sportsdeck -- as well as the gelato provided by the building's excellent chefs.

I have plenty of stuff to add, but not until I catch some zzzzzz's. Bring it back here in the morning.

5:56
I
'm here at the Garden waiting on Our Boys return from their visits and I am reminded that today is Andrew Bodnarchuk's birthday.

"it's going awesome," said Andrew of the B's Development Camp after practice this afternoon. "I'm loving it.

"I've been looking forward to this for most of the summer.

"It's pretty grueling, but at the same time this is the game I love and this is what you have to do to get where you want to be."

Mr. Bodnarchuk, who is now 19 (gosh, I feel old) expressed satisfaction with his progress at this week's camp.

"I love being down here," he explained, despite the lactic acid in his legs. "(The power skating) was definitely a quad-burner...I am definitely feeling it, the legs are burning.

"We did some decent running (too) earlier today, too."

Hence, birthday celebration plans are on hold for the young man.

"I am going to bed as early as I can and get some rest for tomorrow," he said -- no doubt with Thursday's double session in mind.

5:32
Boston Bruins Development Camp Players Score Their First Assist in Boston
Players Host Youth Street Hockey Clinic and Volunteer at Greater Boston Food Bank

As I write this, the new-B's are traversing the greater Boston area helping the Hub.

A release explains:
Following their training sessions in Wilmington, Boston Bruins Development Camp players will lend a hand in the Boston community.

Phil Kessel
Half of the squad, including the first NHL rookie to be honored with the 2007 Masterton award, Phil Kessel, the Bruins first choice in the 2007 Entry Draft, Zach Hamill, and Finnish goaltender Tuukka Rask, will host a street hockey clinic with youth participants of Bay State Hockey’s “Breakout at the Beach” street hockey league.


The Boston Bruins have teamed up with the DCR state ice rink in East Boston, as well as the East Boston Community Centers, to offer the new street hockey program this summer called “Breakout at the Beach”.

The goal is to provide fun, exciting and affordable recreation for kids and adults in East Boston and the surrounding communities, while promoting the sport of hockey.  The Boston Bruins provide equipment, including hockey goals, sticks and uniforms, to make it even more affordable for participants.      


The other half of the Boston Bruins Development Camp players, including Boston native Kevin Regan and Boston College alumni Chris Collins, will be volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Players will join other volunteers to sort and bag donated food.

5:30
A special "Thank You" to Bruins trainer Don DelNegro who looked at the six "bug bites" on my arm and decided that it was,in fact, a very mild case of poison ivy.

The anti-itch creme helped Donny and, as always, you are a life saver.

4:48
Heard around the rink on Wednesday...
Boston Bruins Director of Player Development, Don Sweeney

On how the guys looked today:
They looked pretty good today. They have really come in and worked hard. John Whitesides skated them today. These kids are fun to be with, they tend to work hard. They were out for 45 minutes straight in a power skating mode, and never really stopped.

On how David Krejci looks:
He said he had not skated since the Manchester (Monarchs) series. But imagine what he will be in six weeks from now. He is taking on a little bit of a leadership role here; I asked him to do that. There are a couple of kids from the Czech Republic that do not really speak...English. (Krejci) has gone out of his way to make sure they feel comfortable both on and off the ice. David felt very comfortable as the year went along down in Providence. It shows the confidence in his game and he understands what is going on.

On if he had to pick two guys to be on the Bruins NHL squad:
The best part about that is that I do not make that decision. So track him (Chiarelli/Julien) down and ask (them). My guess is that he is going to say, “I do not know.” Anyone of these guys has been given a leg up going into training camp. (Brad) Marchand said the other day, I think you guys even said it in the paper, that if we had done this last year, (Brad) felt like he would have had a better camp. And that is the truth.

On how Krejci has improved:
I referenced this awhile back, but I had never seen David play until training camp last year. He was highly touted, and everyone said he would get better as he moved along. I thought he was a really nice player, a great prospect at that time, and obviously he still is. During the course of his season in Providence, I just watched him emerge. He was rounding out his game at both ends of the ice; he was filling in the gaps so to speak. And in the playoffs, he went to another level. He was probably the most creative player for Providence, but it didn’t faze him, it did not change his game one bit.

On T.J. Trevelyan’s play:
T.J. has a really nice year last year. I do not know what his actual total was; I know he scored a bunch in Long Beach as well. But to score the amount of goals he did last year, I think if he can do that at every level he gets a chance at, hopefully we will see what happens. He has got a nose for the net and the willingness to take it there. He has got a pretty damn good release and I think he is getting more and more comfortable acclimating to what it takes. I think that coming out of St. Lawrence, he tries to create things but without a structured framework. But he worked hard. Conceptually, I think he is grasping it. I think he is just in a better place, hockey wise, from an overall standpoint. He knows it, with strength and conditioning, he will continue to improve. Especially a guy that is not the biggest guy in the world, you want to be as efficient as you can. I think smaller guys HAVE to be.

On how Matt Lashoff is doing:
We just kept him off the ice for another day...it is day to day. We hope he is on the ice tomorrow.

On Adam Courchaine:
He came down with something. He is not feeling well. We took him for some tests today, so we will see what happens.

On tomorrow afternoon:
We will definitely play some more four-on-four scrimmage.

On Kevin Regan’s play:
Kevin had a really nice year, last year. He trained with Johnny Whitesides in the summertime. John thought he made tremendous strides over the course of that. And I think he looked at it where he was going into a year where he was going to take the bulk of the load after splitting duties the previous two years. He is a pretty focused kid and he is continuing to build. He is getting a pretty up close look by an NHL goaltending coach and some other players that are highly built, and next to Tuukka. Being around this environment is only going to help him going forward. He is a really nice kid, kind of soft spoken, and I think he was really excited about getting the opportunity to come and it looks like he trying to take advantage of it.

1:42
Boston Bruins first round draft pick Zach Hamill skates sprints during a hockey team development camp in Wilmington, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
If you have ever seen hockey players try to emulate flamingos by hopping up and down on one skate as they make their way down the ice, than you have a pretty good idea of what I am seeing at practice right now.

The players are really being tested by their power skating drills -- which is pretty much the point.

On the other end of the ice, Tuukka Rask and Kevin Regan are being tested in other ways as the coaching staff peppers them with shots and puts them through positioning drills.

Tuukka's mask is gorgeous. I will post pictures tomorrow.

1:13 p.m.
Sal's Pizza in Tewksbury Rules!

It's Bish approved.

The B's are on the ice right now preparing for a power skating session. Keep it here!

11:26
Sandwiches just arrived and the players, fresh from their outdoor workout, cleaned them out. Looks like yours truly is eating out, True Believers. No respect, I tell you. No respect.

10:59
Another clip from Tuesday. Byron Bitz on his experience thus far: "It's a good time. It's a good group of guys and it's just fun to be out here...I think this hockey seems a little 'smarter.' In college we only play 30 games (or so) a year so, from what I've heard about this kind of hockey it's a little more controlled."

10:22
From yesterday, Zach Hamill on the first two days of camp: "It's been a good couple of days and hopefully it will only get better from here...I think the first couple of days (you work) to get the cobwebs out and as camp goes on (the physical play) is going to get tougher and tougher. It's a seven day camp, so I knew that it was going to be a competitive camp and that's what I expect during the next couple of days."

10:06
The prospects are en route to a local track to do some running work outdoors.

9:38
Hannu Toivonen just arrived to begin his own workout with Whitesides.

9:18

Coach Whitesides is absolutely merciless and is putting Our Boys through their paces in the weight room.

8:09 a.m.
Gearing up for another day in Wilmo. Here is an updated roster with jersey numbers:

#. Name, Position, Height/Weight.  2006-2007 Primary Team (League)     
32. Tuukka Rask, Goalie, 6’3”/181 lbs. Ilves Tampere (Finnish Elite)
34. Byron Bitz, Center, 6’4”/220 lbs. Cornell University (ECACHL-NCAA)
35. Andrew Bodnarchuk, Defense, 5’11”/193 lbs. Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
36. Brock Bradford, Center, 5’10”/175 lbs. Boston College (HE-NCAA)
37. Chris Collins, Left Wing, 5’10”/195 lbs. Long Beach (ECHL/Providence (AHL)
38. David Krejci, Center, 5’11”/192 lbs. Providence (AHL)
39. Tommy Cross, Defense, 6’3”/195 lbs. Westminster Prep (US H.S.)
40. Alain Goulet, Defense, 6’1”/186 lbs. Aurora Tigers (OPJHL)
41. Matt Lashoff, Defense, 6’1”/201 lbs. Providence (AHL)
42. Zach Hamill, Center, 5’11”/180 lbs. Everett Silvertips (WHL)
43. Matt Hunwick, Defense, 5’11”/195 lbs. University of Michigan (CCHA – NCAA)
44. Martins Karsums, Right Wing, 5’10”/186 lbs. Providence (AHL)
45. Jordan Knackstedt, Right Wing, 6’2”/195 lbs. Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
46. Adam Courchaine*, Goalie, 6’3”/180 lbs. Orleans Blues (CJHL)
47. Kevin Regan, Goalie, 6’2”/190 lbs. University of New Hampshire (HE-NCAA)
48. Wacey Rabbit, Center, 5’9”/186 lbs. Vancouver Giants (WHL)
49. T.J. Trevelyan, Left Wing, 5’10”/180 lbs. Providence (AHL)
50. Mikko Lehtonen, Right Wing, 6’3”/196 lbs. Espoo Blues (Finnish Elite)
51. Milan Lucic, Left Wing, 6’3”    220 lbs. Vancouver Giants (WHL)
52. Brad Marchand, Left Wing, 5’9”/183 lbs. Val d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
53. Levi Nelson, Center, 6’0”/181 lbs. Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
54. Radim Ostrcil, Defense, 6’0”/194 lbs. Vsetin HC Petra (Czech Elite)
55. Denis Reul, Defense, 6’4”/215 lbs. Heilbronn Falcons (German Elite)
56. Vladimir Sobotka, Center, 5’10”/183 lbs. Slavia Praha (Czech Elite)
57. Jared Walker*, Center, 6’3”/192 lbs. Prince George Cougars (WHL)
58. Adam McQuaid, Defense, 6’4”/205 lbs. Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
*Not currently in Bruins system

John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
Heard at the rink on Tuesday...

Boston Bruins Director of Player Development, Don Sweeney
On Tuukka Rask:
Obviously, he missed the first day of conditioning, so he should have felt better than the other guys today. But he will make up for that tomorrow. Everyone is excited to have Tuukka (Rask) in the mix. His pedigree speaks for itself as to where he is on the world junior level. We have all watched him play and we are excited to have in our group of talented goaltenders.

On Rask compared to goalie, Kevin Regan:
The playing field, from here on out, begins to level off. Whoever stops more pucks generally ends up playing. Kevin (Regan) had a fantastic year last year, so just because he has not played on the same world stage that Tuukka has, you cannot take anything away from Kevin Regan. He is going to battle; he has worked hard on the conditioning side of things. Tuukka fundamentally is very strong.

On playing on the big ice:
People do not understand that there is an adjustment period here, certainly for  both goaltenders, to play on a smaller ice surface. Kevin is going to go back to play his senior year at the University of New Hampshire. But it is going to be adjustment for Tuukka, there is no question. You have a trapazoid that the goaltenders have to deal with that he has not been faced with; he has a trap that he has not seen before, and bigger players. He is going to have to be stronger, and work harder off the ice.

On the experience of Krejci and Lashoff:
I said to David, that (he and Matt Lashoff) need to set an example, everyday, for the other guys, because they have the experience. It does not matter what level, you cannot trade that for anything. I think that it is really important to show them how they can help the younger guys.

On if David Krejci could play wing:
I think David is a smart enough player that I would not rule out anything. I think if you asked him, he would say that he just wanted to play. He is a competitive kid. But I think middle of the ice is where he is going to have room to make a lot of his plays and use his vision and distribute and create opportunities...we have talked a lot about how the next level comes a little faster, and just because you have the creative time at one level does not mean that it will be there at the next. Eventually, I think that type of player does find the time, even at the NHL level. It is a progression that he has to understand.

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