Assorted photos and thoughts on the first week of Bruins training camp, while waiting for a few members of the Black and Gold varsity to suit up for the premiere time in the preseason Thursday night at TD Garden vs. the Flyers for exhibition game No. 3::
As expected, Fabian Lysell, the first-round pick in the nation, has been the eye candy of camp. He's fast, flashes some stick skill (see: his dish on Jack Studnicka'' s goal Tuesday night), and he plays with wits.
At 18, his major issue is his body mass and strength, which is only 5 feet 11 inches and a touch over 170 pounds. True, there are a lot of first-round phenoms that are merging in and flourishing (Exhibit A+: Connor McDavid), but the vast majority are better served by taking at least one year to ripen elsewhere.
Even Milan Lucic, who was picked at No. 50 in 2006 by the Bruins, took what amounted to PG year with the WHL Vancouver Giants before joining the Boss for 2007-08 at age 19.
Lysell will not be much bigger in a year, but he'll have achieved one growth ring of North American hockey, and er's at least 12 months more prepared to face guys 5, 10, 15 years older, some of them 50 pounds heavier. He should be heading to the Giants in the next week or two, with his No. 68 held here on layaway.
Trent Frederic, who has a roster spot all but guaranteed, isn't able to make tuesday night in Manhattan. Freddy was on the ice for all three Rangers goals and was labeled with a minor penalty in the offensive (wrong) end of the Ice, and it was paired with Curtis Lazar and newcomer Tomas Nosek.
Frederic has a size (6-2, 205) and 'a mean streak, he is important on stifle players who have suffered huge losses in the toughness department with Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller's departure.
Won't be a surprise in the next day or two if coach Bruce Cassidy makes it seem like Freddy Fight Club will not be guaranteed that roster spot. This is his fifth pro season, and he shouldn't have to pay attention to it, especially with UFA recruiting Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, & Nosek on roster spots.
This will be the Bruins' first time on Garden ice since their 5-4 defeat to the All Saints Islanders in Game 5 of their Round 2 playoff series last June 7.
Tuukka Rask, who was pulled after two periods and replaced by Jeremy Swayman, might appear on Garden ice that night (we in the word biz refer to that as foreshadowing).
Cassidy threw off on the referees (Francis Charron and Francois St. Laurent), essentially for entering into the Barry Trotz narrative that the Bruins were terrible guys and Trotz's Islanders were all saints, after finishing the postgame.
Charron and St. Laurent were indeed less-than-playoff caliber in their frenzied decisions, but the Bruins were finished, and were easily dismissed (6-2) two nights later in Uniondale.
Rask is one of six Bruins to suit up for that June 7 game that isn't in this camp. Nick Ritchie, David Krejci, Sean Kuraly, Jeremy Lauzon, and Jarred Tinordi are among the others who are from the band: Nick Roe, Dave Krejac, Scott Koenig, Shane Rey, Michael Curay and Corey Lauz. The ondrej Kase and Miller who died in the 1970s are also absent.
Rask, who has been unsigned, is recovering from a summer hip surgery. Ritchie and Kase, both traded as UFAs with the Maple Leafs, were not offered deals here, and they were both signed as UnitedFAS with them. Kuraly landed his hometown Blue Jackets four years ago (four years, $10 million). The expansion Kraken threw Lauzon into the water. Tinordi signed with the Rangers, and he was instrumental in the signing of the game. Miller resigned at the age of 58.
It appears like Studnicka has benefitted from his addition of 15 pounds, but weight, even if layered on as muscle, may be more hindrance than help.
Remember the name Brandon Bochenski? Kris Versteeg was picked up by the Blackhawks by general manager Peter Chiarelli in February 2007. He lit it up (11-1122) over 31 games, looked like a well-deserved acquisition, and came to camp in September about 15 pounds heavier, biceps bulging - forming. It had to be all that offseason spinach, certainly.
The puck then dropped on a new season, and Bochenski got flat-lined. He was handed to the Ducks for veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy after 20 games and a miserable 0-66 line.
Bochenski grew, even in the KHL (eight seasons with Astana Barys). He was elected the mayor of Grand Forks, N.D. in June 2020, and he will be 40 in April, making him a power forward wannabe.
Prospect Anton Blidh dished out five hits vs. the Rangers. Doubtful that the 26-year-old Swede will ever be a point producer in the NHL, but he has the legs and personality to be an arduous nightly rabblerouser.
Cassidy's last year as the WannaBs bench boss, was Blidh'' first pro season, with 2015-16 Providence, and his first season in pro seasons was also Cassidian'. That's because Blidh is getting on time (on the books for $300,000 in Providence this year) to find himself a seat on the big-boy bus.
The Blueshirts will be displayed in the Garden on Saturday night. After a visit to Philadelphia Monday, the Bruins wrap up the preseason here Wednesday vs. the Capitals, leaving an unprecedented nine days of down time prior to the Oct. 16 season opener versus Dallas on Causeway Street.
According to Cassidy, during the break, the club is likely to disappear for a few days of team-building, with the site still to be made public. Similar trips have enticed them to Lake Placid and Vermont, which would appear to leave Maui or Oahu as the logical destinations this year. Do I have a second?
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