BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice Saturday morning at TD Garden for the second day of on-ice sessions at the 2015 Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T.
The 60-player roster is still broken into three groups, with sessions taking place at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All three Saturday practices are open to the public. Full details for fans can be found here on BostonBruins.com.
With the Bruins implementing systematic tweaks heading into the new season, a large part of the sessions focuses on practicing those changes, before getting into heated battle drills and a scrimmage to end the skate.
The first group on the ice on Saturday included David Krejci and David Pastrnak, as well as newcomers Matt Beleskey and Zac Rinaldo, who were eager to skate in their first official practice in the Spoked-B on Friday.
“You’ve just got to get out there and play and talk,” Beleskey told BostonBruins.com on Friday. “I think communication’s a huge thing in a game, especially when you’re on the ice. You have to be able to talk to guys off the ice, find out where you want them or where they want you, and it’s time. Hopefully, things jell quickly, but the more you talk and work it over, the quicker it happens.”
The lines remained the same, with Beleskey, Krejci and Pastrnak still skating together. It offers a chance for them to get to know each other and communicate on the ice, though at this point in training camp, the practices are more about the players showcasing the hard work they put in during the offseason and how well they can learn what the coaches are teaching.
Session 1 Lines and Defensive Pairings
Matt Beleskey — David Krejci — David Pastrnak
Brandon DeFazio — Austin Czarnik — Brian Ferlin
Zac Rinaldo — Ben Sexton — Anton Blidh
Jesse Gabrielle — Eric Neiley — Zack Phillips
Chris Breen — Colin Miller
Matt Irwin — Chris Casto
Linus Arnesson — Max Iafrate
Goalies: Jeremy Smith, Zane McIntyre
The second group hit the ice at 11:45 a.m., with 2015 first rounder Zach Senyshyn still getting to skate on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
“I’ve really got to commend some of these older guys like Chara and Marchand, Bergeron as well,” said told BostonBruins.com on Friday after his first skate with the veterans. “Just kind of taking time away from their skate to really take us under their wing. And I think them talking to me, personally, and really helping me through my first skate, gets a little bit of the nerves out of the way. And as I said, [I was] kind of playing with a little more confidence out there when they’re really helping you out.”
Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly also stayed together as a line.
Session 2 Lines and Defensive Pairings
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Zach Senyshyn
Jimmy Hayes — Ryan Spooner — Brett Connolly
Frank Vatrano — Joonas Kemppainen — Seth Griffith
Colton Hargrove — Andrew Cherniwchan — Justin Hickman
Jakub Zboril — Adam McQuaid
Jeremy Lauzon — Ben Youds
Tommy Cross — Frankie Simonelli
Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Matt Ginn, Dan Vladar
The third session kicked off at 1:30 p.m. with Captain Zdeno Chara’s group hitting the ice to wrap up the day. With 33 forwards at camp, the final session features only three lines, instead of four. The lines remained the same from Friday’s practice, with Alex Khokhlachev centering 2015 first rounder Jake DeBrusk and Loui Eriksson.
Zdeno Chara and Zach Trotman have been paired together at nearly every training camp, but this year, the pairing could be a potential D pair come the start of the regular season.
Dennis Seidenberg was not present on the ice for any of the three sessions. General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Thursday that Seidenberg would not likely skate for the next few days.
“He reported to our trainers on Monday with an upper-body injury from training," Sweeney told reporters at the time. "And our doctors have chosen to take a conservative approach and re-evaluate day-to-day.”
Session 3 Lines and Defensive Pairings
Jake DeBrusk — Alex Khokhlachev — Loui Eriksson
Chris Kelly — Noel Acciari — Tyler Randell
Anthony Camara — Colby Cave — Max Talbot
Zdeno Chara — Zach Trotman
Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo
Joe Morrow — Kevan Miller
Goalies: Malcolm Subban, Jonas Gustavsson