One camper whose efforts were obvious was forward Joe Colborne, who was selected by Boston 16th overall in the 2008 entry level draft.
The 6'5" 205 pound native of Calgary, Alberta has been playing for the University of Denver, but made his professional debut with the Providence Bruins this past April.
And, unlike most of the prospects participating in this week’s events, Colborne isn't a first timer to the B's prospect camp.
"I've gotten to know the coaches in Providence really well, and even the Boston guys who I haven't even played for yet," said Colborne. "It's just a huge comfort level and now I'm coming in as one of the older guys in camp and I'm trying to take more of a leadership role."
But that leadership role began even before the campers arrived in Wilmington. Remembering his first year attending this camp two years ago, Colborne had the new prospects best interest at heart.
"Joe actually asked me for a couple of guy’s numbers and I was quick to shoot them out to him because I love initiative in all of our players," Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney told reporters after the completion of day one. "He's a great kid and each and every one of these kids should understand that we hope that more will emerge."
Asked about his call list, Colborne explained his actions a-matter-of-factly.
"I just talked to a couple of the guys and kind of gave them a heads up of what to expect and so they had someone coming into the camp that they could talk to and they knew before they got here," said Colborne.
Developing skills is of obvious importance to the Bruins management and coaching staff, but in the end each prospect comes to camp with one goal in mind: to make the team.
Colborne has figured out that hockey skills and intangibles are important to that end.
"The last couple of years I was just looking at getting my foot in the door and putting on a good first impression," said the forward of his development camp expectations. "Now I'm coming to win a spot on the team."
"My goal is to come and put on a good enough showing and give them a look at what they're going to see at [training] camp this year." ---Samantha Curtin