Wilmington, MA --
Wrapping up a long first day of rookie camp, centers Joe Colborne, the B's 20-year-old first-round 2008 draft pick (1st round, 16th overall) from Calgary, and Ryan Spooner
, Boston's 18-year-old 2010 draft pick (2nd, 45th overall) from Ottawa, were each encouraged about the day.
“Yeah, it was fun," said Colborne, sitting down for the first time since 5:30 this morning. "We got the run tests out of the way which is always nice.
"Then we got the coaches out there [on the ice] and got some actual drills going.
"It was good. The tempo was actually pretty fast,” he said.
Both forwards are vying for a position on a team that's already deep with vets with NHL and AHL experience.
“There’s a lot of good forwards that have already played in the NHL so I get to come in here and show what I can do and try to make the decision to send me down a tough one,” added Colborne.
Spooner, the 2010 William Hanley Trophy as the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player, said he was excited at the chance to sport the Black & Gold and talked about his day at rookie camp.
“It was bright and early at about 5:35 this morning," he began. "We came here and did out physical testing, and that was pretty hard stuff.
"And then of course, the run test, and everyone did really well on it, and we just finished practice.
"It’s been a tiring day.”
Coborne agreed and said that rookie camp is a lot more serious than last July's Development Camp.
“Yeah, that’s the best way to put it. To come get a job, and I think everyone has the same goal in mind-to make the big team, and whoever plays better in the next few weeks is going to be suiting up," said Colborne.
“It’s definitely a little more serious out there, but any time we can come out here and be on the ice it’s still a good time.
"It’s a little more fast-paced, a little more intense, and we’re working on some different stuff than we were in our camp.”
This season's B's rookie camp is stacked with talent and that has raised the level of competition, so all the rookies understand they will have to give it all they’ve got to catch the attention of Peter Chiarelli, Coach Julian and the rest of the B’s brass.
“I think a lot of the guys know there are some young guys that are hungry and want a spot bad, so it’s going to be intense and I look forward to it,” said Colborne. ---Taylor Walker