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Training Camp Rundown: Black & Gold Scrimmage on Tap, Campbell Not Skating Yet, Young Players Getting Opportunities

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

WILMINGTON, MA - The Bruins finished up their second day on the ice Saturday at Ristuccia Arena, as training camp continued.

With back-to-back days of high intensity skating and implementation of Head Coach Claude Julien's tweaks to the systems, camp will now shift to Providence on Sunday for the Black & Gold Scrimmage.

Forty skaters will be suiting up in the scrimmage, while about eight will not be playing and will get in a practice on Sunday instead.

There's another group of players who are dealing with injuries or recoveries, and won't be ready for game action.

Gregory Campbell is still dealing with a "minor mid-core issue" and hasn't skated yet during training camp. Milan Lucic's wrist is feeling good, but he and the Bruins are proceeded with caution to ensure he's healthy and ready for the start of the regular season on October 8.

"I don't think the trainers have given me a time frame [for Campbell]," Julien told media following Saturday's sessions. "Looch, he can practice but he hasn't been cleared to play yet. I'm just waiting for them to give me some feedback."

"There's enough guys in camp right now that we've got enough players for games, and I don't need to worry about that so far."

David Pastrnak also isn't likely to play in the scrimmage. He went into the boards and left his group's practice early on Saturday with a tweaked shoulder as a result.

"I don't know how serious it's going to be but very, very doubtful for [Sunday]," said Julien. "I would think, if anything, he'll be stiff and we wouldn't take that chance, but I don't think it's too, too serious."

If Lucic and Pastrnak do not play, that will shift the lines slightly, but for the most part, the lines from the past two days will carry over to the scrimmage.

"We might have to move a few players around because of who's in and who's out, to make both teams even there, but there shouldn't be a real big, big difference in what you've seen I don't think," said Julien.

The lines and defensive pairings from the start of camp can be found below.

In addition to checking out the competition for roster spots, Julien will be using the scrimmage to see how the players adjust to the tweaked systems, which include a quicker transition through the neutral zone. He'll be the "eye in the sky" at the game, watching from up top.

"I think it's new for a lot of guys, but it's not that complicated," said You know, at first you over-think it, and it's going to become second-nature before you know it," said the bench boss. [Sunday] will be a good indication of that, because I'll be watching to see how many guys are thinking about it, so that will be an opportunity for me to evaluate that."

Young Players Getting Chance to Showcase Skills

Through the first two on-ice days of camp, young players have been given prime opportunities to showcase their skills.

Brian Ferlin gets to play with Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly, while Matt Fraser has been slotted in on David Krejci's wing and Seth Griffith is on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

By playing higher up in the lineup, at least for now, they can learn from the veterans and feed off of them.

"It's pretty surreal, playing with those two guys," said Griffith, a second year pro who has carried over a strong end to the rookie tournament into main camp. "They can make plays, and that's the kind of stuff I like to do as well, so playing with them is pretty surreal and hopefully I can just make some plays with them."

Ferlin is also benefiting from playing with the Bruin he idolizes.

"Getting to see what this Ferlin kid is all about, you can see he's got the strength and he's a skater," Lucic said of the power forward. "For a big guy, he's kind of got that raw talent that's similar to what I had at his age, so it's fun to play with a guy like that and as a guy who's a little bit older now, you can help a guy like that - kind of how guys helped me when I was his age, so it's been fun so far."

"Camp is an opportunity for the coaches and the managers to put different guys together, to see how they do in different situations so that's what you have to just do your thing, no matter who you're playing with."

Griffith and Ferlin are amidst the conversation to push for roster spots, along with Fraser.

"You try to give certain guys who play a certain role an opportunity to play with certain players. So you just try and balance things out," said Julien. "It's one of those things and [Fraser] has an opportunity - he's a skilled player, right? So he has an opportunity to play with David and showcase some skill."

Beyond these three players, there are many more prospects with their sights set on making the big club this year.

"The guys we're talking about right now, they're all guys that are knocking at the door, so there's only so many spots, and these spots will be decided in those preseason games," said Julien.

"We'll see how everybody plays and we'll have to make some decisions, and hopefully it will be tough ones."


FORWARDS: Patrice Bergeron, Anthony Camara, Alexander Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Rob Flick, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Cory Kane, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Bobby Robins, Ben Sexton, Ryan Spooner

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson*, Johnny Boychuk, Tommy Cross, Steve Eminger, Kevan Miller, Dennis Seidenberg, David Warsofsky, Ben Youds

GOALTENDERS: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith

*Arnesson has a tweaked groin, and has not yet skated at main camp. Providence Bruin Frankie Simonelli is slotting in.






FORWARDS: Jordan Caron, Loui Eriksson, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, Bracken Kearns, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Carl Söderberg, Ethan Werek

DEFENSEMEN: Matt Bartkowski, Chris Breen, Chris Casto, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman

GOALTENDERS: Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg


Fraser-Krejci-Randell (no Pastrnak)
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