WILMINGTON, MA - The first day of on-ice sessions for the Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T kicked off on Friday.
The camp features a 52-player roster, split into two groups with a mix of veterans and prospects. Each group hits the ice for about two hours, with a break in the middle to resurface the ice.
All of the sessions had plenty of conditioning. The first half of the high-tempo, intense skate included one-on-ones and board battles. The second half featured system implementation and wrapped up with sprints.
Following Thursday's off-ice fitness testing and timed shuttle runs, and Friday's heavy skating, one might assume that the Bruins are feeling the effects of the first few days. Zdeno Chara dispelled that notion.
While nearly the entire group is healthy and ready to go, a few Bruins are still limited at the skates.
Milan Lucic looks like himself on the ice following offseason wrist surgery, but is still being cautious.
"He looked fine. I think it's going to be up to the trainers to kind of give me the heads up on when he should be ready [for games], but I think they're anticipating very soon," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the skates.
"I mean, he looked OK today. He's fully healed, it's just probably a little bit of stiffness in the wrist and just getting that to feel a little bit more comfortable and more flexible."
Gregory Campbell is sidelined by a "minor mid-core" issue and is not skating yet.
Aside from Lucic, the Bruins returning from injury this season - Chris Kelly (back surgery), Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL tear) and Adam McQuaid (groin/ankle) - are all ready to go, with no restrictions.
Kelly's back is recovered, and the alternate captain didn't even consider Friday a big step for him personally, since he's been skating and feeling good since the middle of the summer.
"The back felt great, actually," Kelly said. "You know, no issues, it's felt good for a while now and now it's gotten to the point where I don't even think about it, so that's a good sign, that's where you want to be."
With preliminary lines put in place for the start of camp, Kelly is skating with Lucic on his left wing (and Brian Ferlin on his right).
"I don't know if Looch can get used to that," he joked. "Was it bad that he hugged Dave right when he came off?"
Lucic's centerman, David Krejci, is in the other group, playing with David Pastrnak on his right wing.
GM Peter Chiarelli had alluded that could be the case earlier this week. It's a great opportunity for the 18-year-old first round draft pick to showcase his skills and learn from his countryman and idol.
Providence Bruin and second year pro Seth Griffith was given the chance to skate as the right winger on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
The full groupings, lines and defensive pairings from the start of camp can be found below. Day 2 of on-ice sessions begins on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena.
DAY 1, GROUP A
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 did not skate. Providence Bruin Frankie Simonelli is slotting in.
LINES AND PAIRINGS
DAY 1, GROUP B
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
LINES AND PAIRINGS