Development Camp Gets Going
Beginning today, the Boston Bruins’ young prospects will strive to hone their abilities and also learn a few things along the way, as another development camp is underway.
Players will arrive from across Europe to just fifteen minutes down the road, hoping that their draft selection pans out enough to dawn the black and gold in the future.
Overall, development camp presents a time to get acclimated to a professional atmosphere.
“As we tell the kids, especially the new kids coming in, it’s about learning the expectations of what the Boston Bruins have for each and every one of them; the culture of the organization,” said Bruins assistant general manger Don Sweeney last season, per CSNNE.
“Right from doing drills and doing things the right way, from the professionalism on and off the ice that Eric [Tosi] and Matt [Chmura] and those guys will deal with. [It’s about the] lifestyle of being a pro and getting comfortable.“When it is the right time to come and compete for a job, you can put your best foot forward as a pro. This isn’t about earning a spot on any team. It’s about what’s in front of you and, again, kind of your own development trajectory.”
The practices will span from today, Wednesday, and end on Sunday.
For Milan Lucic and David Krejci, now star Bruins, their start materialized at development camp. Both were largely unknown in comparison to their current standing.
So, really, any of these skaters could become the next franchise player, and the more appearances made by these youngsters, the better you can depict their advancement and promise.
“The returning guys we certainly look for indications of the growth and development that they’ve put in the work from one year to the next. That’s how they’re sort of being judged on,” Sweeney said. “It’s not about what that first impression is. It’s the next one, the last one you’ve made on us before you depart, and go back to your home team or if you are coming into camp as a pro for the first time. We’ve asked you to do some things. We expect you to make some progress.”