Boston Bruins: Everyone is finally in town for training camp

Boston Bruins, Ondrej Kase #28 (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins, Ondrej Kase #28 (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

It’s taken three days but finally everyone has arrived, ahead of the season restart, for the Boston Bruins training camp.

Day one saw the Boston Bruins training camp missing a few players, namely this year’s stand-out player David Pastrnak and fellow Czech international, Ondrej Kase.

By the end of day three, we have seen both back on the ice at the Warrior Ice Arena and should be expecting them to partake in training sessions with the rest of the team on day four.

This unfortunately spells the end to Anders Bjork‘s moment in the sun, moonlighting on the top line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, after impressing the coach on day one.

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Likewise, we might well expect Karson Kuhlman to be shuffled further down the lines after also seeing time in the top-six, a spot likely usurped by the Bruins’ trade deadline pick-up, Ondrej Kase.

Dan Vladar was back out on the ice by day two, while Trent Frederic, Anton Blidh and Urho Vaakanainen are all back in town also, meaning we have a full house when it comes to those on the training camp roster.

Day three saw Bruce Cassidy opting to give his older group some time off, which may prove a masterstroke in the long haul; we are after all a team with a veteran core that likely needs a little extra recovery time.

This being their first week fully back in training, it’s fair to say there may have been a few aching legs and sore thighs after two intense practice sessions.

Instead, day three saw a group of much younger players out there as well as the returning Kase and Pastrnak, stretching their legs and having a somewhat lower-intensity training session.

Day four will no doubt ramp the intensity back up though, with the exhibition fixture against the Columbus Blue Jackets looming just a couple of short weeks away.

This being training camp, there is still plenty of time for players to put themselves in the spotlight and win a spot on the roster; you could make strong argument that beyond the top forward line, there’s is no absolute guaranteed spot with exception of guys like Charlie Coyle, Jake Debrusk and David Krejci.

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All in all, it’s just a nice feeling to know that the whole team is together once more and we can start planning for the exhibition game and the round-robin fun against the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.