WILMINGTON – Cameron Hughes had one goal on his mind at last week’s Boston Bruins Development Camp: be a sponge.
Soaking up as much information as possible, he said, was vital to furthering his growth, as both a hockey player and a person.
“Honestly, they said at the beginning of the camp just be a sponge,” Hughes said last week at Ristuccia Arena.
“There’s so much knowledge in all the staff here that you can take little bits, or even drills, just soak it all up and use it all this summer to get better.”
Having one camp already under his belt helped him to better realize the importance of picking up every tidbit – whether it relates to the ice, the weight room, or home life – the Bruins staff distributes during the week.
“You just want to come in and play your game, do the things you know you’re good at and work on the stuff they tell you,” said Hughes, who was drafted by the Bruins in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
“Your approach shouldn’t really change, you’re still trying to showcase yourself and just get better.”
In just a few weeks, Hughes will be returning to the University of Wisconsin for his junior season with the Badgers. As a sophomore, the Edmonton native tallied five goals and 20 assists, which ranked third on the team.
That performance came after a freshman campaign which saw him post three goals and 10 helpers, also placing him third on the Badgers. His 13 points ranked fourth.
The 6-foot, 165-pound forward is looking to continue that progression in the fall.
“I’m going to be a junior, so being more of a leader on the team, whether that’s a formal role or not we’ll have to see,” said Hughes. “That is definitely a role I’d like to take on. Just [want to] keep improving my game.”
Since last Development Camp, Hughes has been working on strengthening his shot.
“I needed to work on that for sure,” he said. “I know I’ve used some of the tips they’ve told me here. I worked with my past coaches from last year. That was one of my points of emphasis.”
The 2016 Boston Bruins Development Camp was presented by AT&T.