(Source): WILMINGTON, Mass. – In the kind of inauspicious start the Bruins were probably looking to avoid at the opening of rookie camp, all three 2015 first-round picks by the Bruins – Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn – failed the conditioning test on Thursday morning. The test consists of a series of six back-and-forth 300 meter sprints with three minutes of rest in between each run, and all of them must be completed in under one minute’s time.
Not exactly the ideal start the young guns the Bruins just drafted back in July wanted to get off to. But this surely shouldn’t be taken as a sign of things to come, or cast doubt on the rookie’s future either. However, Sweeney was quoted today saying, “These are young kids, and they need to understand they are now being evaluated as pros.” It’s a clear message that even though failing the test is not the end of the world, the teenage trio of 1st round picks aren’t going to be treated as kids. They are now viewed as Bruins players. And even though they’ll head back to their junior teams after camp they should be on the same page with the Bruins organizational expectations; even with something as simple as sprints.
Regardless, flunking the conditioning test will not keep them out of the rookie tournament the Bruins are participating in this weekend and Monday in Buffalo. BostonPucks.com will be on hand for Monday’s rookie game against the Sabres to give you a first-hand account of the game. Updates and recap will be posted here so check back to see how Zboril, DeBrusk, and Senyshyn faired on ice against Buffalo’s Jack Eichel and crew.