(CSNNE.com) – The Boston Bruins announced their roster for rookie training camp set to kick off on Thursday at Warrior Ice Arena for off-ice testing. The team also confirmed that Zach Senyshyn will miss all of rookie camp after successful appendectomy surgery.
FORWARDS: Anton Blidh, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Domenic Commisso, Jake DeBrusk, Jesse Gabrielle, Colton Hargrove, Danton Heinen, Justin Hickman, Sean Kuraly, Matt Mistele, Mark Naclerio, Drake Rymsha, Simon Stransky, A.J. White
DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Josh Atkinson, Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Rob O’Gara, Bailey Webster, Jakub Zboril
GOALTENDERS: Zane McIntyre, Dan Vladar
Okay, okay so Charlie McAvoy won’t be at rookie camp this year. I get it. I just couldn’t resist photoshopping him next to Doc, alright? Had to. But holy crap is it about time to get Bruins hockey going or what? Rookie camp starting today means the on-ice portion of the NHL season has begun. Let’s get this rodeo started.
Jake DeBrusk (pictured above) and Danton Heinen are the two forwards that’ll get the most attention. Ol’ Jake has the pedigree on his side to make a run and Heinen’s NHL ready shot and scoring touch give him the inside lane to a spot with the big club. Just for my own personal curiosity I’m very interested to see how Jesse Gabrielle (4th round pick in 2015) performs as well. I know he’s a big long shot but with comparisons to Brad Marchand and coming off a 40-goal, 101 PIM season in the WHL, I’m really curious to see if he can continue to stand out.
On defense, all eyes are Brandon Carlo. The kid has a legit shot at making the team if it appears his young 6’5″ frame is capable of handling the rigors of going against grown NHL men every night. Jakub Zboril and Jeremy Lauzon will be nipping at his heals as well. They both have something to prove, especially Zboril. He was viewed as the one that was supposed to be most NHL ready now. The only difference is Zboril and Lauzon can go back to their junior teams if they do not make the big club. Carlo will go to the baby Bruins.
Goaltending won’t have any sizzle to it with Tuukka and Khubodin blocking the way. Zane McIntyre needs to bake in the oven a little longer and Dan Vladar is the monstrosity that will still take up the entire net even with the most streamlined goalie equipment you can find.
Next year Doc will show up in the DeLorean and Charlie McAvoy, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and others will hop out to make this even more exciting.
NHL hockey is back and these kids are getting a real good feel for what it’s like. In the words of Marty Mcfly, “watch for the changes, and try to keep up”.