Boston Bruins: Zachary Senyshyn Joins Captains Practice


Boston Bruins: Zachary Senyshyn Joins Captains Practice After Many Obstacles This Offseason

After a long, tumultuous offseason filled with various barriers, Zachary Senyshyn is finally with the Boston Bruins. The 19-year-old forward joined the Bruins at their captain’s practice Tuesday, but his journey there wasn’t easy.

Most recently, Senyshyn was held out of the Bruins rookie tournament in Buffalo. After successfully undergoing an appendectomy, Senyshyn obviously needed some time to recover before skating again. This wasn’t the first issue that Senyshyn had to deal with this offseason, though.

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Many were interested to see the 2015 15th overall pick in action at the Bruins development camp earlier this summer. Unfortunately, those hopes never came to fruition as Senyshyn missed that camp due to a case of mononucleosis. A few barriers later, however, and Senyshyn looks ready to compete in training camp.

As mentioned by DJ Bean, Senyshyn didn’t appear to have any limitations in Tuesday’s skate; something that bodes well for him, and the Bruins management team. While Senyshyn likely won’t make the Bruins roster this year, there’s no doubt that he wants to showcase his ability to make his case; be it for this year, or next. At the same time, the Bruins management team that drafted Senyshyn with the 15th overall selection last year would love to evaluate the right winger to monitor where he’s at in his development.

Tough Competition for Senyshyn

Senyshyn will likely return to the OHL next year to play in his third full season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Senyshyn’s case has been well documented after having a breakout year last year, scoring 45 goals and 65 points in 66 games. One more season of fine-tuning in the OHL should do Senyshyn some good unless he happens to somehow really impress out of training camp to earn himself a nine-game audition with the team. Given some of the other players in Boston also looking for that opportunity, Senyshyn’s chances look slim.

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From Seth Griffith and Austin Czarnik to Danton Heinen and more, many Bruins prospects will be looking to compete for roster spots. Some will crack the roster, while others will be forced to start the season in the AHL. In the case of Senyshyn, it’s NHL, or OHL, given his age and the restrictions in place based on that. The competition will be fierce, but welcome, as the Bruins look to reclaim their stake as a playoff contender.