BostonBruins.com -- This past June, Boston Bruins prospect Zach Trotman
was driving home from a hockey camp at which he coached when he received a phone call from his agent telling him he had been drafted by the B‟s.
The 20-year-old Trotman was the Bruins seventh round pick (210th overall) in the 2010 NHL entry draft held in Los Angeles.
“It was unbelievable… I had a few teams talking to me so we were kind of wondering if I would get picked up,” Trotman said. “It was really exciting, I kind of freaked out in the car.”
After registering 2-6=8 totals in 36 games in his freshman season at Lake Superior State University, Trotman has boosted his scoring in the first portion of his sophomore campaign.
Through the Lakers first 29 games, Trotman has a 6-12=18 line, including two power-play goals and a short-handed tally.
“I‟ve been playing a lot more this year, logging a lot more minutes, playing a bigger role,” Trotman said.
Prior to attending Lake Superior State, the Novi, Michigan native played the 2008-09 season with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League, where he recorded a 2-4=6 line through 47 regular season games.
After picking up a minus-4 rating in those 47 regular-season contests, the 6‟ 3”, 203 pound defenseman improved to a plus-7 with a goal and an assist in five playoff games for the Wildcats.
“Junior hockey is a lot different…you have to fight for your spot,” Trotman said of his experience with the Wildcats. “Playing against the kids in juniors helped me a lot too because they‟re a little bit bigger and a little bit faster.”
In between his two seasons for the Lakers, Trotman participated in the Boston Bruins Development camp in the summer of 2010, where he received valuable advice from the Bruins coaching staff.
“They really wanted me to work on my stick skills and evolving my defensive game more. That‟s one of my strong points, my defensive game, so they wanted me to continue to be one of those shutdown defensemen and improve my offensive game as well,” he said.
“I just continue to learn and do the little things great on a more consistent basis.”---Hannah Becker