Wilmington, MA --
Boston Bruins 2010 second round draft pick (32nd overall) Jared Knight
made his pro hockey debut today at rookie camp in Wilmington, and he was ready to get to work.
Contrasting the day with the sessions he skated during this past summer's Boston Bruins Development Camp, the young forward said he immediately discerned the difference.
“I mean development camp was more of a meet and greet, get to know everybody’s name," said Knight, who has played the last two seasons with the London Knights of the OHL. "Now people are fighting for a job.
"There’s no friends out here; it’s all business."
Like the rest of his young teammates, Knight is fighting for a shot in the pros.
While the odds are steep for many of the B's training campers, it isn’t out of the question for a second round pick to make it all the way to the National Hockey League in his first professional training camp.
For example, B's assistant captain Patrice Bergeron
did it, and Knight is hoping to follow in his skates.
“I mean you look back, Bergeron, I know he made it out of camp," said Knight. "Last year [Ryan] O’Reilly [of the Colorado Avalanche], he was a second rounder.
“It gives you hope and I mean all you can do is work hard.”
Just like all the rookies at camp today, Knight fought hard through all of the on and off ice work. After a morning of grueling fitness testing, the rookies had two sessions of skating.
it was a long day of activity to say the least.
“I am the kind of kid who wants to give 100% effort out there,” Knight said. “We had testing this morning, I thought I gave her a good go and had a pretty good skate there.---Christy LaPlante