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The rookie camp has been successful all around, giving the coaches a chance to watch individual players and giving the prospects a chance to prove themselves.
“I haven’t seen the assembly of skill that we have since I’ve been here, and that’s nice. I feel good about that. I feel good that we’ve got the young 18-year-olds. They’ve even got more skill,” said B's General Manager Peter Chiarelli.
Of course, 2010 first round pick (second overall), 18-year-old Tyler Seguin
was in the spotlight for most of the time.
“With Tyler [Seguin]...what sticks out to me is his quickness and his ability to release the puck," said Murray. "He’s only going to get bigger and stronger.
"Right now he’s an excellent skater, great hockey sense.
“It’s a little thing you sometimes can’t even put your finger on it, sometimes you just look at him, he’s a hockey player.” Jordan Caron
established himself in the first rookie game with a hat trick that paced the B’s rookies to a 5-2 win against the New York Islander’s rookie team.
“I thought Caron had a good game, strong, strong on the puck. That’s the way he plays," said Providence Bruins Head Coach, Rob Murray. "He protects the puck well.”
Max Suave and Ryan Spooner
made quite the team in Thursday’s game, which drew over 14,000 fans. Spooner netted both of the team’s goals, including one in overtime. Each was assisted by Suave.
“I got great passes from [Max] Sauve. The last pass in the overtime was awesome," Spooner said. "I just went in and shot five-hole. Most of the credit should go to him because without that pass, I wouldn’t have been on a breakaway.”
Still, the coaches are looking for Max to improve even more in the coming season.
“He gets away with some stuff with his speed and skill, but he had a strong two outings and he’ll be in the mix if he keeps playing like this," Murray continued. "Especially if he keeps competing."
Hutchinson also put up a good line on Thursday, stopping 32 out of 33 pucks between the posts and playing his first full 60-minute game in months.
“I thought it was a poor goal, the one that he did let in," said Coach Murray. "After that, he was lights out. I thought he played excellent.
“I think both our goalies really performed well these last two nights,” said Murray of Hutch and Courchaine.
The events over the next couple of weeks will be busy, but exciting for these young players, fighting for their professional lives and working toward their dream of wearing the Black & Gold. ---Taylor Walker