Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk is attending his first professional development camp after being selected by the Black & Gold in the first round (14th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
DeBrusk is excited to develop his game and share his experiences in a daily blog during his week at Bruins Development Camp.
The Edmonton, AB, CAN native is a left shot forward who played his previous two seasons in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos. The 6'0'', 174-pound forward led his team this past season with 42 goals (good for sixth overall in the WHL), adding 39 assists for 81 points in 72 games.
DeBrusk’s father, Louie, played 401 NHL games with Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Phoenix and Chicago in a 12-year career from 1991-2003 - and, ironically, was coached by Claude Julien with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2001-02.
Blog Day 6: What a Week
Coming into this camp the biggest thing I wanted to work on was my physical strength. After spending most of the week skating and working out with the Bruins’ Strength and Conditioning Coach, John Whitesides, I’ve learned what to focus on within the strength workouts. Specifically, he wants to see us improve on things that will make us better hockey players. He has a plan that he gave us and I’m going to follow along strictly this summer. The workouts are tough but you can’t help but be motivated when you’re around him. He’s incredibly intense and passionate, and you can hear it in the way he talks.
One specific off-ice drill that I picked up on pretty strongly this week is a speed/agility drill. It’s an absolute bagger. It makes you move your feet quickly and you’ve got to do it in less than 60 seconds for three different sets. Once you get better there’s progressions to increase the difficulty, as it gets easier. It’s something that I’ve never really thought of and now I’ll be doing it a lot this summer.
The leadership presence from the veterans was an important learning experience for us rookies. Even from the first day when I ran into Zane McIntyre. He’s such a tall, veteran guy and then he says “hey, how’s it going” and you realize how nice and personable he is. No matter what the situation is, he’s always got a smile on his face. He was one of our leaders here at camp and It’s great when you can have a guy like that lead such a big group. It helps you focus on the task at hand and not worry about the people in the stands or the pressure, just work hard and try to get better - which is some of the advice he imparted on me.
Friday was an exciting day because we finally got to scrimmage. I was on a line mostly with three forward and one d-man so the transition game was important. I played mostly with Ryan Donato and Ryan Fitzgerald. I think we gave up a couple odd man rushed but overall it was alright. Our team unfortunately didn’t get the win. I kind of got more into it as the scrimmage went on - at first I was standing around a little bit and then as it went on I was moving around bit more and was able to create some scoring chances. I could have had about three goals but I couldn’t bury them. The goalies at this camp are incredible.
My thought process going into the shootout at the end was that we lost the game and I didn’t score, so I wanted to go into the shootout with the mindset of doing something kind of crazy. The ice was choppy at that point but I tried a unique move and thankfully it worked. It was cool hearing the fans reaction. That’s a move I've tried with my buddies at Swift Current a few times and I was able to pull it off there, so I decided to go for it.
Overall, this development camp was an amazing experience and I enjoyed sharing it with all of you readers - Thank you for everyone who followed along this week! I can't believe it's over already but I’m already looking forward to next year.
--As told to Zach Guerette