In the last two days of Boston Bruins development camp, Team White bested Team Black in both scrimmages by scores of 2-1 and 4-2. General manager Peter Chiarelli also provided some information about a few prospects he expects to see again in September.
The first scrimmage had Daniel Carr and Seth Griffith notching the goals for White, with Black’s answer coming from Brian Ferlin. There was also some physical play–a big hit by Cody Payne on Darik Angeli, a center ice collision between Torey Krug and Justin Florek–and a notable big save by Niklas Svedberg, tracking the puck through traffic on his doorstep.
Then, the prospects went out to F1 Boston and enjoyed some go-kart racing. Consider that their Sunday morning began bright and early with some intense drills and tests meant to be a pretest for what the prospects could face in training camp, much of it done outside in the heat.
White won the second scrimmage as well and the victory was followed by an impromptu shootout for the fans. Colin Campbell, Wayne Simpson, Tommy Cross and Florek provided White’s goals while Ryan Spooner scored both for Black. This was Cross’ first goal in a scrimmage, but definitely not his first time at camp–he has been to all six development camps.
Chiarelli spoke after the final scrimmage. He said he thought the camp’s lineup was deep and praised the team’s “big guys who can skate.” He also praised the crowd, which was at capacity on Sunday and doubtlessly full of fans wanting to escape the heat, by saying the crowds were bigger this year than they were when Tyler Seguin was in camp.
He added that he expects to see four prospects make bids for Bruins roster spots in September: Spooner, Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight. The fact that Knight tweeted that he will see Boston again in September is definitely promising. Hamilton’s coach in Niagara has also said he doesn’t expect to see him return to the OHL next season.
Here’s the rundown on the four up-and-comers:
Spooner spent time with three different teams this year–the Providence Bruins, Kingston Frontenacs and Sarnia Sting. He played the most with Sarnia: 30 games, 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists), plus a goal and two assists in the Sting’s six-game playoff run. With Kingston, he played 27 games and had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists). Though he had just five games with Providence, in those five games he scored four points (a goal, three assists).
Krug played two games for the Bruins this season after signing with the team in March. He had an assist in that span. But before that, he was with Michigan State, where he had been named captain of the team for the second straight season and had 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 38 games. He was the top-scoring defenseman in the conference and shared the scoring title among all players in the conference.
Hamilton was solely with the Niagara IceDogs this year. His 72 points (17 goals, 55 assists) in 50 games are impressive, especially for a defenseman, and he won the OHL’s version of the Norris Trophy. The IceDogs’ playoff run gave him more chances to score, which he did–five goals, 18 assists in 20 games.
Knight was solely with the London Knights this year. He had 52 points in 52 games split evenly between goals and assists. He also played 15 games in the Knights’ run for the Memorial Cup and once again split his output evenly: four goals, four assists.
Perhaps this is part of why Chiarelli remained fairly quiet yesterday at the opening of free agency–there are some promising prospects in the system right now, so there isn’t a huge urgent need to go make acquisitions.