Comparing '07, '08 and '09
Boston Bruins Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development, Don Sweeney, was asked to compare this year's campers to the two previous years' skaters.
"I haven't really thought of it much in [terms of] rating," said Sweeney. "They've come really, really prepared to work hard and dive right in.
"But really, all the groups, I think, have done that and done what we've asked them to do."
Sweeney does think very highly of the current class.
"I like the flavor of this overall group," he said. "Some of the guys have now been here a couple of years and we've seen a progression.
'Maybe why I'm leaning toward [them]."
Check out the rest of Sweeney's Day 4 presser here
NHL to make a major announcement...
Things got a little busy: NHL MEDIA ADVISORY
The National Hockey League will make a major announcement concerning a special event
Wednesday, July 15 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
**This event also will be simulcast on NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com**
The players are in their final stretch of the day. We should be getting some interviews in the locker room very soon.
Scrimmage Ends in Tie, 1-1.
Caron and Lawrence remained the only scorers. The roster has switched to power skating.
Halftime (I think). It's tied 1-1.
With 12:25 remaining on the clock, the black team's Jason Lawrence (a former BU Terrier) cut across the front of the goal, from left to right, and tucked the game's first goal by Adam Courchaine
At 11:19 on the clock the white team's Jordan Caron
stuffed a rebound past Michael Hutchinson
to tie the game at 1-1.
While I was putting up the info on the preseason, the B's left the ice in order to let the Zamboni clean things up.
They came back divided into two teams and are starting a black and white scrimmage.
B's announce preseason schedule
The Boston Bruins announced today the critical dates and game schedule for their 2009 preseason. A complete list of the games and critical dates can be found below.
The preseason will begin for Bruins rookies on Saturday, September 5 when Rookie Camp opens. The rookies will meet in Boston and then travel to Kitchener, Ontario where they will have practices and games through Thursday, September 10. Returning players will open camp on September 12, after participating in the Boston Bruins Foundation 6th Annual Golf Tournament on September 8 ...more.
No change in "The Lines"...
Sexton, Goggin, MacDermid (Orange)
Lawrence, Colborne, LoVecchio (Blue)
Arniel, Campbell, Randell (Yellow)
Hamill, Sauve, Caron (Gray)
Isherwood, Alexandrov, Lamb, Ludwig, Button, Kwiet, Goulet (Black)
Hutchinson, Courchaine, Dalton (Goal)
Riendeau, Cross, McElvie
Our Boys are in a breakout drill at the moment.
David Krejci: Role Model
One smiling face that has been around the rink recently is that of David Krejci
The young center, who recently re-upped with the B's, has stayed in Boston for rehab and has also made frequent appearances at Ristuccia Arena during Dev Camp while he works with the trainers.
That's probably okay with Don Sweeney. Speaking about the development of Zach Hamill
, Sweeney said,"David’s a good benchmark for Zach to have a person to remodel himself after.
"David’s put on a lot of strength from the time he’s been on the Boston Bruins and you see that on the ice.
"He went through a period of time a few years ago where he had to go back down, find his game a little bit, and adjust to the pace a little bit," he said.
And it's not unusual for those things to happen.
"All young players probably go through it to a degree," said Sweeney. "So, Zach will find his way and that’s the beauty of coming to camps like this...[getting] a clear understanding of what you need to do to fill in the gaps."