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Bruins Rookies Transition into Training Camp

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- After splitting a two-game series in New York with the Islanders, the Bruins’ prospects resumed and concluded rookie camp back in Wilmington on Thursday.

After the session, defenseman Ryan Button, one of the most veteran rookies, spoke about the team’s road-trip and his thoughts leading up to training camp.

Asked about taking the ice at the Nassau Coliseum, Button said all the Rookie B’s felt “it was a pretty surreal experience getting to play in another NHL building.” 

However, the Bruins fell hard in the second game of the set, losing 7-2 to the Islanders.

It was difficult for the Black & Gold to formulate structure into their play after the 23-man roster had only skated together a few times before traveling to Long Island. 

“That’s never a good way to lose,” Button said. “Obviously, defense wasn’t its best in either game.”

Button is aware of the things he has been doing well, but is also conscious of what he needs to improve upon in order to make the proper impression during training camp.

“I know what I have to work on and that’s to really get sound in my defensive zone,” explained Button.

The 2009 draft pick said when he feels he has solidified his d-zone play, then he can focus more on developing his offensive game.

Although Button wants to keep improving this aspect of his play, there is no question about his leadership capabilities as he was selected to be captain of the rookie squad for the road-trip.

“It was unbelievable,” said Button. “To have a “C” with an NHL logo on the front was definitely a special experience and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

The Bruin prospects had a week full of excitement and anxiety. As Button highlighted, the two-day trip was about leaving it all on the ice in hopes for an invitation to join the vets at training camp.

Rookie camp concluded Thursday afternoon and fans are looking forward to seeing new names skating alongside the veteran B’s.

Make sure to come out and see the defending Stanley Cup Champions as they take the ice to kick off training camp this weekend. TD Garden doors will be open to the public at 9:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday for 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. practices.

---John Griffin
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