Compete Level Rises Before Camp's First Scrimmage
WILMINGTON, MA – After a team stretch, the third day of Development Camp kicked off with power skating, followed by a high-tempo on-ice practice.
Fans who filed into Ristuccia Arena earlier than the 10:30 a.m. start time got the chance to see extra ice-time, as Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Seth Griffith and Anthony Camara warmed up goalies Niklas Svedberg, Lars Volden and Zane Gothberg.
But the intensity quickly picked up, with power skating drills that mesmerized B’s fans packed into the rink. The drills mixed edge-work with backwards skating and segued into stick work, followed by usual stick taps to end the session.
Practice itself saw the same quick transitions between drills that have become the rhythm of camp, with players becoming more comfortable with the on-ice work, and the teammates around them.
“There’s a lot of different elements that go into this week so we’re trying to keep it fairly simple,” said Providence Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.
“Do drills where you’re building in some systems, but not a lot because a lot of [the players] are going to leave here and go play on their own team, so you’re trying to evaluate – do drills – 1-on-1's, 2-on-2's, to see where guys foot speed is at, who thinks the game, who can create space in tight areas.”
Cassidy added that though Development Camp provides a time to see the prospects’ commitment during tough drills, Sunday’s scrimmage allows the B’s staff to get a better look at the future B's in game-time situations.
“I think the scrimmages will get into those tomorrow and be able to tell us a little more,” said Cassidy.
“I think towards the end of the week, you’ll get a better read on some of that stuff. But you can certainly see which guys have improved.”