Thursday, September 10th, 2015 is going to be a big day for Boston sports fans. Why? Because the Bruins preseason officially starts with the Rookie off ice testing. After a disappointing season last year I am not sure what else could be more exciting in the Boston sports world today than Bruins camp getting started.
Unfortunately fans will not be able to get a good look at the rookies. Just like last year the Bruins rookies will have camp somewhere other than Boston. On Friday they will travel to Buffalo to practice before playing two games there against the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils rookies.
Last year in Nashville David Pastrnak dominated rookie camp and was the best player throughout the whole “tournament.” Will there be a player that stands out for the Bruins this year? Back in July before the Bruins Development Camp I wrote about some players to watch. Except for Danton Heinen, who is at the University of Denver, and Peter Cehlarik, all of the players on that list will be in Buffalo. The Bruins Staff will get a second look at their 2015 draft picks Jakub Zboril (Defense, 1st Round, 13th overall), Jake DeBrusk (LW, 1st Round, 14th overall), Zach Senyshyn (RW, 1st Round, 15th overall), Brandon Carlo (Defense, 2nd Round, 37th overall), Jeremy Lauzon (Defense, 2nd Round, 52nd overall), Dan Vladar (Goalie, 3rd Round, 75th overall), and Jesse Gabrielle (LW, 4th Round, 105th overall) that were drafted this past June.
The one player who will be going to rookie camp who is not a traditional rookie is Joonas Kemppainen. The Bruins signed Kemppainen out of Finland this off season. The 27-year-old is a 6’2″ 209 pound center who could push to make the Bruins roster during regular camp. Kemppainen would fit best as the 4th line Center, but that could be Chris Kelly or Max Talbot’s spot. Either way he could be the 13th forward. The Bruins brass could prefer he spend some time in Providence to get some experience in North American hockey before jumping into the best league in the world after playing his whole career in Finland. The other rookie that will be in a Bruins uniform in Buffalo that has a chance to make an impact for the Bruins this season is goaltender Zane McIntyre.
I am not sure if any of their games will be streaming on the internet, but it might be worth it to do a quick search. If you are interested the Bruins play the Devils’ rookies on Sunday, September 13th, at 7:00pm and the Sabres’ rookies on Monday, September 14th, at 7:00pm.
I know I can speak for everyone at BostonPucks.com that we are excited to get hockey back and cannot wait for the big boys of the NHL to start their camp on September 17th. Oh, and I heard something about a Boston sports team that plays in some town called Foxboro is raising some sort of banner tonight? But it’s not as exciting as Bruins Rookie Camp starting.