If you’re reading this, then you know that its another year and another development camp. The boys are back in town for yet another chance to show their wares and prove the powers that be (the Boston Bruins brass) knew what they were doing in either drafting, signing or inviting these talented youngsters to camp. This year welcomes 34 hockey hopefuls to, what will be, the last development camp hosted at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Next year, and for years to come, this wonderful exhibition of talent will take place in Brighton, Mass. The format for this year’s shindig, at least on the first day, involved 3 sessions. The youngsters were split into two groups with dev camp veterans and rookies mixed up.
As I write this, I am preparing for day 2, so I wanted to get some quick thoughts down regarding some of the Bruin hopefuls. First off, the “Young 3” (I couldn’t think of anything else catchy to call the 3 first round picks, if anyone else can think of something, let me know) all looked like they needed some work.
Jakub Zboril appeared to struggle with skating backwards during drills. Shooting and defending were smoother, but more time to review is needed here.
Jake DeBrusk looked winded after his first stint on the ice and during skate drills it seemed as though he really had to concentrate to complete the tasks assigned. We’ll see if today is a better day for the 14th overall pick.
Zach Senyshyn actually looked the best of the three, but still appeared to struggle during skating. His stick control both one and two-handed was good, but there is work to be done here as well.
Noel Acciari was signed by the Bruins from Providence College. His first day was memorable as the crowd was awed by his accuracy shooting the puck. Five times he was able to beat both young goaltenders (there are three at this year’s camp) picking top corners and spaces just above their pads. The negative comment here is that in an actual NHL game Noel wouldn’t have the time that he had to line up and measure his shots. Acciari did appear polished but at 23, he should look better than the younger campers on the ice.
Anton Blidh…I love this kid. Every time he appears on the ice he plays like the coaching staff are going to send him home that very minute. He gives every drill everything he has. Anton has put on some weight and size, and he now appears to be a player that can hold his own on the ice. He still has some issues with shooting high and wide, but did find the back of the net on a couple of occasions. Work ethic doesn’t appear to be an issue with Anton.
Colby Cave didn’t show much, unfortunately. He has good speed and it is obvious that he likes offense, but during skate drills he appeared to struggle and nothing he did on the ice really made him stand out in a positive way.
Peter Cehlarik has also added some size but needs to use it more effectively. During corner drills he should have been able to pin players against the boards and kept better control of the puck using himself as a shield but didn’t. He can score and has a nice shot. He looked good during skate drills as well.
There were more notes from day 1, but I will have to include them with the day 2 posting as I need to get myself to the camp.