“We had a strong run in the playoffs but we still felt like we left a lot on the table," said the forward.
"Everyone feels like they have something to prove.
“It’s a really exciting thing to have that mentality and that chip on your shoulder,“ he said.
The Bruins veterans looked strong during their informal sessions before training camp and new additions like rookie forward Tyler Seguin
have ignited the imagination of the Hub of Hockey .
More than 26,000 people were in attendance over the two-day rookie game series.
“It’s exciting to see where we can start off and to see where that energy and that excitement level can hopefully get us off to a good start,” said Wheeler, who said he hopes to be a bigger presence on the ice this year.
“I expect a lot of myself," added Wheeler. "It’s a good thing and a bad thing as well.
"I think I put a lot of pressure on myself I’m incredibly excited for this year.”
Coming back to Boston for a new season, the B’s are seeking redemption and Blake said he is using that added motivation to improve his own game.
“I’ve done a lot of, I don’t want to say ‘soul searching,’ but a lot of watching myself in some of the areas that maybe I’m not so strong in," said Wheeler. “I feel like if I can improve in those areas, make myself more of a physical presence consistently, use my body more, and be tougher to play against.
"I think that will take me strides in the right direction to get me to that next level.”---Taylor Walker