The second day of the 2016 edition of Boston Bruins Development Camp brought us skating and other exercises fast and furious. Not ones to allow standing around, the coaches had drills happening in all three zones. Boardwork to the left, goaltending to the right and skating in the middle, as though it were the basis for a good hockey player (wait…I think it is…). With a surprise third session, yesterday’s instruction (at least for the benefit of all present) ended around 1:30pm. With everything going on in the first session, it was difficult to keep track of everything happening so going on the slim notes and my memory, here are some thoughts on day two…
Trent Frederic started to shine yesterday when given the opportunity to show off his speed during rush drills in the second session. Blasting past defensemen such as Jeremy Lauzon and Brandon Carlo, Trent was able to move in on both Zane McIntyre and Malcolm, scoring on the latter.
Speaking of both Brandon and Jeremy, they appeared to struggle during the skating drills and seemed to have to force it during the third session. A little too upright and not quite as smooth transitioning forward to backward, they could still use their size and strength to shut down the offensive player during drills as long as they were in front of that man.
Wiley Sherman has become one of the veterans here at development camp and this fact has made it a little easier to notice the filling out he has done during his dev camp tenure. Listed at 6’7″ and 220 pounds, Wiley is a beast compared to his first camp where he disappeared when he stood sideways to you. His physicality has improved with this increase in size, but so has his shut down ability, as his positioning during rush drills saw Wiley consistently in the right place to keep whoever he fronted from even getting off a shot. And when the offensive player was able to do so, the shot was typically off the mark to one side or other of the net.
Oskar Steen once again showed off his speed and quick release as he was able to score not once but twice on Zane McIntye. Oskar was able to pick different spots both times, once denting the twine between Zane’s pad and glove and going over his shoulder with the second goal.
And who can forget the goaltenders? The young invite Stephen Dhillon was seen working with goalie coach Bob Essensa on his side to side movements and other fundamentals. He has shown an ability to shut down the skaters but has some skills to work on as he progresses in his career. Daniel Vladar again appeared much improved but was not spared the same work that Dhillon had to deal with. Vladar was once again up to the task, but this writer missed something that was pointed out by another onlooker in the crowd. Daniel was said to be leaving his glove hand too low when going down into the butterfly position, something that bears watching as the third installment of this year’s camp gets closer to kick off.
So what does all this tell us? There is definite talent in the Bruins’ future, but there is also a definitive line between those that have been attending camp for a second or even third time and those that are rookies to the event. With the proper guidance from the coaches on hand and their coaches and trainers at their various clubs (school or junior clubs) these issues will be addressed and next year should bring about the type of change that Sweeney and company are looking for.
More to come after day three. See you then.