Boston Bruins Development Camp hit its third day today and it started out with the campers looking like they all had been doing some kind of resistance training since 6:00am. The start time for camp was 10:30am and by 10:35 half of the young men had hands at their waist hunched over looking for that next breath. The boys of winter were looking to impress the Bruins top brass, who all appeared to be in attendance at some point. This year’s edition includes 29 campers, 17 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goaltenders. There was also one surprise guest, and may I say he was a pleasant one…
The only invite with no name or number on his back came out with the second session, including all the goaltenders, as the first session appeared to be all about skating and windsprints. Makes one wonder if there was some kind of punishment being handed out. Most likely not, but by the behavior of a couple players someone might reach that conclusion.
Back to Mr. No Name. Turns out that he is a Massachusetts high school goaltender who attended Walpole High School His name is James Corcoran, and will be a senior at Winchendon in the fall. Elite Prospects lists him as 6′ 4″ tall and 185 pounds. Tough to tell but he didn’t look that tall on the ice. Standing next to 2017 fourth round draft pick Jeremy Swayman, he appeared to be about the same height, and Jeremy is listed at 6’2″. But just to whet your appetites, here are some numbers, keeping in mind that this is high school…
|30||James Corcoran (C)||SR||Goalie||23.78||11||0.46||368||357||0.970|
Now focus on the goalie in the middle and salivate…Yes you are seeing this correctly. .46 goals against and a .970 save percentage. Also, as I have had to reformat the box above to make it fit into the format of the blog, Mr. Corcoran had one assist, but the impressive number is 14. This is the number of shutouts he threw against his opponents last season. This talented young man should be getting some serious interest by scouts and schools, but research has not revealed any of that information as of yet. As far as his on ice performance, James looked strong in net. He wasn’t in any way fazed by the performers around him or the level of interest he may have gotten from the brass, or he just hid it very well.
Mr. Corcoran’s ability to move laterally post to post was good. He held the post very well, and while leaning forward still had solid control of the goalie paddle. His glove appeared to be strong, as it is with most American born goaltenders. He does come well out of his crease to challenge shooters and backs in, keeping track of his crease in the process. He did not disappoint nor did he appear out of place. This young man is someone to keep tabs in for the future, and I will be doing just that.