WILMINGTON, MA – Having just finished his third Bruins Development Camp, forward Jared Knight is ready to take his game to the next level. Only time will tell if he’ll be suiting up in Providence or Boston this fall.
Knight’s solid play in Wilmington earlier this month impressed Providence Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, but the 20-year-old still has something to prove.
“He’s a straight line guy, drives to the net, great release,” said Cassidy.
“For him it’s, ‘Will he be able to create the separation he needs to get those chances?’ And until he gets to training camp with men, I think it’s hard to speculate on that.”
Knight, who was selected by the Bruins in the second round (32nd overall) in 2010, said he used his time at Dev Camp to work on his conditioning and timing.
“This was a week for me to really get in shape,” said Knight after Sunday’s scrimmage. “I was playing good. I’ve got my legs back, I’ve got my timing back and you know, it felt good.”
For a camp veteran like Knight, this year’s format offered a bit of a twist, as the prospects were given no information as to the day’s schedule. Despite the suspense, the native of Battle Creek, Michigan found the experience to be as rewarding as ever.
“This year, they didn’t tell us much what we were going to do,” said Knight. “But it’s been fun and every year I’m learning new stuff, learning new things to really take back and put into my game.”
Knight is hoping that the sixth annual Bruins Development Camp will be his last, as he eyes a spot this fall in the Bruins lineup. The forward said he plans to use the observations and advice of the B’s coaching staff to improve his game over the summer and make an impression at training camp.
“I’m pretty much prepared,” he said. “I think I’m feeling good.
“Whitey [Strength & Conditioning Coach John Whitesides] will give us some exercises to do and we’ll have exit meetings…to really go over what we need to work on going into the summer and we need to all take it in as a sponge to soak it all in and apply it to our games.”
However, no matter how much Knight can soak up this summer, his real test will come against the faster and stronger competition at the Bruins training camp in September.
“I think he’s a very focused young man [who] knows physically that he’s probably ready for that next step,” said Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney. “Now he’s just got to understand that things move a little quicker at the next level and he needs to adjust.”