The 2016 edition of Boston Bruins Development Camp is cruising along and Day Three saw brought with it a plethora of skating drills. While this was certainly not the creation of a certain power skating coach from days of yore when none were able to master his drills, yesterday’s drills required some effort and concentration on the part of the boys. A couple of the participants were even seen coming off their skates during one drill in particular. It seemed that this drill was designed to humble even the best of the skaters and put them all on an even playing surface, but it was entertaining. The crowd on hand has collectively been clamoring for a scrimmage, and while they might get a full one today (the last day), there have been mini scrimmages which have allowed this year’s attendees to show off their wares in a competitive light.
There have been a few of the campers that I haven’t said much about to this point, and with good reason. There really hasn’t been much to say when it comes to most of them, and others I haven’t really seen them while trying to focus on one area of the ice while three separate drills are going on. But in the interest of equal and fair play, here are a few of the campers that haven’t been mentioned yet…
Jack Becker has good size. He has appeared to struggle with some of the skating drills, but has handled himself well. He hasn’t done much to stand out but doesn’t appear to shy away from contact, just doesn’t appear to initiate it either. Having spoken to others in the crowd I’ve heard everything from “he looks really good” to wow, he’s really struggling out there”. I will reserve judgement until after today when he will hopefully get to show something before the end.
Cameron Hughes i owe an apology to for not mentioning him sooner but I haven’t seen that moment that makes one stand up and take notice. On day three he fared very well in the skate drills and he showed up to play during the mini scrimmage. Good speed, nice shot. There’s something to like here and I will hopefully see more today.
Joona Koppanen was a late round draft pick and that may be appropriate. He has struggled with skating and positioning but he does appear to have a nice shot with a not so quick release. He seems to be a little more physical than your typical Fin but it serves him well considering his size. At 6’5″ (listed), Joona tipped the scales at 194 pounds. A little more weight and some skate work could turn him into a third line center and a nice defensive forward.
And now for a few (and I mean a few) quick notes regarding some previously mentioned campers…
This should be Matt Grzelcyk’s last camp. He is really standing out as the best in camp, but this being his fourth one i guess that is to be expected. He is smooth skating, properly positioned, and apparently becoming a sniper. Three rush drills in a row he was able to pick the top corners on both Malcolm Subban and Stephen Dhillon. I wouldn’t pencil him in for 50 goals, and the top notch goalies in the NHL will surely shut him down most nights, but it was a nice little added wrinkle to his game. Time will tell if it’s just a camp thing or he can bring that to the next level.
Brandon Carlo appeared to be relying on his size and strength a little too much during one on one drills. There were, by my count, four possible penalties that could have been called on two separate attempts. I want to see him paste guys to the boards, but if he is going to follow the forwards behind the net, then he needs to come away with the puck or he will be beaten.
Wiley Sherman was the only defender during one on one drills that did not follow the forward against him behind the net. Wiley let his man go and just met him out front. Result…no goals or shot attempts from his foe. Sherman may be onto something here.
I’m sure I’ve still not mentioned one or two of the boys, and I will rectify this oversight with my next edition, but for now, enjoy the hockey.