BostonBruins.com - Although this is his second development camp, Adam Morrison is in a unique position. Out of the three goaltenders at development camp, which includes Malcolm Subban and Zane Gothberg, Morrison is the only one who has had professional experience.
“Yeah, I felt when I got the call a couple weeks back about coming to development camp this year, being a returning guy, I just knew I wanted to step up and help the younger guys feel a little more comfortable because I know how it can be a little intimidating,” said Morrison on being a leader for all of the development camp prospects.
“That’s not what this camp is about. It’s not to intimidate. It’s to educate.”
Morrison was signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2012 after the Philadelphia Flyers did not sign him after picking him in the third round of the 2009 draft.
Throughout the 2012-13 season, Morrison played in the Bruins minor league system for the South Carolina Stingrays and the Utah Grizzlies while Niklas Svedberg handled most of the workload in Providence. In 10 games for the South Carolina Stingrays, Morrison had a 4.07 Goals Against Average (GAA) and a .877 save percentage while in 14 games for the Utah Grizzlies he had a 3.46 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Although he spent the year playing for many different teams, Morrison saw it as a necessary step in his development. He viewed it as part of the learning process.
“I mean it was—at times it was a little bit frustrating, but it was a great experience for me personally and as a player,” said Morrison recapping his year.
“I learned a lot about myself and what I need to better prepare myself and the work and dedication that you have to put in in order to be able to help your team win on a nightly basis.”
During this development camp, Morrison already knew what to expect. However, he knew that development camp always poses a challenge even to camp veterans.
“Well, being my second year here I knew what to expect coming in,” said Morrison.
“I knew it was coming to be a long week of hard work and a lot of physical activity and I think it’s proven to be just that all week. It’s been mentally demanding and physically demanding. But that’s why we’re all here to test our limits and see how far we can go.”
Morrison also acknowledged that he still has work to do to improve his game and be better prepared at the professional level.
“Obviously, strength as for on ice development, but I’ve talked with goalie Bob [Bob Essensa] and just discussed some things that he wants me to work on over the duration of the I guess six weeks before camp, but for the most part it’s just continuing to get stronger, improve your conditioning, and the rest will fall into place as long as you’re doing the work and acting like a professional on and off the ice and taking control of your career. The rest just falls into place.”
In Morrison’s mind, goalies are unique because they do not model their game after one goalie in particular. He admires all of the starters throughout the league because they do different things well.
“I think you take little bits from each goaltender,” said Morrison. You don’t want to cookie cut yourself and make yourself a copycat goaltender, but I think little bits of goaltenders all around the league. Obviously, you got a guy like Ryan Miller who’s a phenomenal skater so I’ve really pushed my skating to help me get to that next level and then you got a guy like Martin Brodeur who’s been around the league for twenty years and can handle the puck effortlessly.”
“You take a little bit of that and try and add it to your game and you just watch every goaltender. Every goaltender in the league is a spectacular athlete and goalkeeper so you just try to take a little bit from each guy and mix it into your toolbox and see what comes out.”
Although the Bruins have a lot of goaltending depth, Morrison is confident he can emerge and make an impact.
“Obviously, having a year of experience under my belt, I know what to expect now in terms of the pro game,” said Morrison on where he hopes to play in the fall.
“I’m just going to work as hard as I can this summer and continue to develop myself as a goaltender and a prospect for the Boston Bruins. Wherever that may be when the season starts, I know I have what it takes to play at the top level of this game.”
--Written by John Morton