Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
TD Bank
Features

Dev Camp 2012: Bigger and Faster

GM Chiarelli leaves Bruins 2012 Development Camp with a lasting impression

Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 11:16 AM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


Dev Camp 2012: Bigger and Faster
Given the number of questions about situations around the NHL regarding free agency, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli seemed pleased to refocus on his own projects and speak about his club\'s sixth annual Development Camp on Monday.

WILMINGTON, MA -- Given the number of questions about situations around the NHL regarding free agency, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli seemed pleased to refocus on his own projects and speak about his club's sixth annual Development Camp on Monday.

Spooner

"The crowds here were great," said Chiarelli of the fan presence in Wilmington. "I don’t think they were this big even in Tyler [Seguin's] year, consistently.

"So that was great to see."

Also great to see were the immediate results of the B's most recent drafts skating together on the ice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena.

"Generally speaking, bigger and faster," was the GM's impression of Dev Camp 2012, "And, so – generally speaking, [it's] positive.

"The younger crew, this year’s draft, I was happy with. You very rarely come away from these camps with a negative feeling because it’s all potential and…then a year later you sift through the players and maybe 70% of them in your mind go to the next year, but it was fairly deep this year.

"Our guys…got some big guys that can skate, so I was happy," added the GM. "Specifically this year’s draft – Malcolm [Subban] I thought acquitted himself very well. [Matt] Grzelcyk played well but these guys are three, four, five years away."

However, by the time the newest B's find their way onto a training camp roster in a distant (or not so distant) September they'll have several development camp experiences to recall as they navigate their way into the professional ranks. However, an important part of that experience comes from keeping the campers on their toes in July.

"Well the guys…that have been here four or five years, I mean they look at the schedule and they know what to expect so this year going in, so we didn’t want to disclose a lot on the schedule," said Chiarelli, with a smile. "Usually, you have your testing which is a dreaded thing right away and then you got your team building, bonding [and that's] a hard exercise; it’s a physical arduous exercise later on and they kind of prepare themselves around it, so we just wanted to keep them off balance a little bit and not tell them.

"We just wanted a little different twist."

But there were no curveballs thrown Chiarelli's way as he watched his lineup skate this summer.

"No, not really," said the B's boss. "The usual suspects are progressing and…just by where they are in their development and contractually, there’ll be guys that’ll challenge at our training camp.

"I think the [Ryan] Spooners or the [Jared] Knights are gonna challenge, obviously Dougie’s [Hamilton] going to challenge.

"I don’t wanna exclude anyone but those are the guys - those are the usual suspects."

However, even the campers who came straight from Pittsburgh's NHL Entry Draft acquitted themselves well.

"When you look at this you have to look at it closely," said Chiarelli. "You’ve got your 18-year-olds – first drafts - and you’ve got your 23-year-olds, college free agents, and the Tommy Cross’s.

"So, you’re talking five years of development and growing and maturing, so…I’m sure if [the 2012 draft class] had two weeks to sit home and soak things up and then come here it would be different.

"But there's nothing wrong with baptism by fire."

And Chiarelli said everybody survived their Black & Gold initiation.

"In fact we kind of abbreviated it a little bit because they were working really, really hard," said the GM of the B's grueling fitness testing. "I don’t know if we jammed a little bit more stuff into the on-ice stuff or the team building -- 'The Program' the one out at the beach in Dorchester -- that was a real strenuous five-six hours, so in a short time they can lose some steam.

"So we kind of cut the run test short a little bit, but all the other stuff was good."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
Jack Links
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts Ultimate Bruins Experience Sweepstakes   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings