By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on July 9, 2014
The Boston Bruins will have their annual development camp at their practice facility in Wilmington, Mass. giving the Boston faithful a chance to see many of the team’s up-and-coming prospects in person for the first time. With the team going through a mini-makeover in the next few seasons, look for some of these names to be playing at the TD Garden in the Black and Gold before too long.
“Zano Insano” led the University of North Dakota to the Frozen Four and will be back in Grand Forks next year to continue his development. The 2010 sixth-rounder has come a long way, but there is still plenty of room for the Minnesota native to grow into a capable pro goalie.
Bardreau is an undrafted invitee to camp and comes with a spectacularly decorated resume that makes him beyond noteworthy. A 2013 Gold Medalist with Team USA at the World Juniors Bardreau suffered a serious neck injury that year and his career was in jeopardy. After a strong junior season last year at Cornell University, Bardreau earned a spot in camp and possibly a spot in Bruins’ organization down the line.
The Yale standout helped the Bulldogs win the 2013 NCAA Championship and will look to build upon a solid first two years of college hockey. His defense-first mentality will surely make him a favorite among fans and team officials alike.
The giant defenseman will be joining the Harvard Crimson after a standout prep school career at Hotchkiss. Sherman was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 Draft and his 6-foot-6 size was a big reason why. Look for him to be more physically assertive in his second development camp.
The son of former Bruin Teddy Donato, Ryan Donato will look to impress Boston’s staff merely weeks after being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Scituate, Mass. native has the potential to be the Bruins’ best local-born product ever and the fans in Boston know this.
The 19-year-old played very well down the stretch for Boston College and will look to take on a bigger role with the Eagles this season. The former Malden Catholic High School standout is yet another local prospect who will be looking to turn some heads with his hometown team.
P.K.’s little brother had stretches of strong play for the AHL’s Providence Bruins in his rookie pro season and will look to build on that in Year 2. With Tuukka Rask locked up long-term, the Bruins will allow the 2012 first-rounder to take his time to develop into a capable No. 1 goalie.
The team’s 2013 second-round pick was inked to an entry-level contract in June and will look to make his North American debut this season. His smooth skating and high hockey IQ make him a safe, two-way defenseman who should have a long career in the NHL.
The Charlestown, Mass. native will be seeing his first action after an injury ended his sophomore year at Boston University early. The undersized defenseman will need at least another year in the NCAA ranks, but his great skating ability coupled with his offensive instincts make him one of the more entertaining players to watch.
All eyes will be on the skilled 18-year-old Czech forward who models his game after David Krejci and he will surely be embracing the attention. The Bruins’ 2014 first-round pick has been playing against men in Sweden and will be looking to take on a leadership role in the camp.
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