This years Development Camp is one of the most anticipated camps in a while, if not the most anticipated in the history of the Bruins having one. There have been a lot of changes going on and we’re now able to get the first look at this years draft class that featured three 1st round picks. Plus, there will be some free agents who have signed with the Bruins this year. Here is a look at some of the players to be watching for at this year’s camp:
Noel Acciari, C
Acciari just finished his senior year at Providence College with a National Championship. They beat fellow Hockey East member, Boston University, in the final. Acciari signed as a free agent on June 8, 2015. He finished his collegiate career with 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points in 113 games. He is projected to be a bottom 6 forward.
Anton Blidh, LW
The Swedish forward was drafted by the Bruins at the 2013 Entry Draft in the 6th round (180th overall). Blidh played for Sweden at this past year’s World Junior Tournament, hosted by Canada. He is a speedy two way player. He signed a contract with the Bruins on May 29, 2015. He will most likely be playing for the Providence Bruins this year.
Peter Cehlarik, LW
The Slovakia born forward was drafted by the Bruins as the 2013 Entry Draft in the 3rd round (90th overall). He also played for his country at this past year’s World Junior Tournament. It was his second time representing his county at the tournament. According to Hockeyfutures.com Cehlarik is a “big bodied winger with a high offensive pedigree and a goal scoring release.”
Jake DeBrusk, LW
The Bruins drafted DeBrusk in the 2015 draft in the 1st round (14th overall). DeBrusk played this past season for the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL. DeBrusk led the team in scoring with 42 goals and 39 assists.
Danton Heinen, C
The Bruins aquired Heinen at the 2014 draft in the 4th round (116th overall). He is currently playing at the University of Denver. According to Hockeysfuture.com “Heinen is a dangerous scorer with great hockey sense and high level of competitiveness.” As a Freshman at Denver he lead the team is scoring with 45 points (16 goals and 29 assists). The only Freshman in the country to have more points then Heinen was Hobey Baker winner and 2nd overall pick Jack Eichel.
Joonas Kemppainen, C
The Bruins signed Kemppainen this off season to a one year, two way NHL contract. He was Don Sweeney’s first signing. The 27-year-old has been playing in the top league in his native Finland. He is a responsible two way forward who could win the fourth line center role this year. He represented his homeland at the 2015 IIHF World Championships.
Zachary Senyshyn, RW
The Bruins drafted Senyshyn in at the 2015 NHL draft in the first round (15th overall). He currently plays in the OHL for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Eliteprospects.com says Senyshyn is “a smart offensive winger that can be a difference maker in games. Very fluid skater and is constantly moving around to get in advantageous positions offensively, as well as defensively.” Senyshyn scored 26 goals this past year primarily playing on the 4th line and not getting power play time.
Brandon Carlo, D
The Bruins drafted Carlo at the 2015 NHL draft in the second round (37th overall). The 6’5″ defenseman is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is projected to be a stay at home defenseman, but can bring some offense as well. He is a smooth skater with few holes in his game according to Eliteprospects.com. He played for the United States in the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2015.
Jakub Zboril, D
Zboril was aquired at the 2015 NHL draft in the first round (13th overall). Zboril is a two-way defenseman who is smart and a good skater. According to Pierre McGuire during the draft Zboril plays on the edge and will most likely hear from the NHL disciplinary team during his career. Zboril is a native of the Czech Republic, but has been playing for the Saint Johns Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior League.
Zane McIntyre, G
Zane has been to multiple Development Camps since he was drafted in 2010 (6th round, 165th overall). He has played the last three seasons at the University of North Dakota. He lead them to two straight Frozen Four appearances, and was a Hobey Baker finalist this past season. Zane could push for the backup job behind Tuukka Rask during regular training camp.