So when last we met, I was waxing poetic about the talent on the ice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Ma., where the future B’s (they hope) had gone through Day 4 of Development Camp. Well, the young men were back on the ice for Day 5, and there were some notables in attendance as well. Peter Chiarelli had a great spot to watch the action from and Claude Julien, sporting some after playoff facial hair and possible golf attire, was walking the seating area during the intermission. Unsure as to how much of the action he witnessed, but my guess is he saw quite a bit.
The day started out with, of all things, skating drills. These were fun to watch on Day 3 and exposed some skating issues for the young guns. Today was no different. Everyone seemed to grasp the concept of skating forwards and backwards, staples to be sure, but coach Besa Tsintsadze had other plans. Anthony Camara had issues skating over his stick and and also with the “stand your stick on the butt end, spin around and catch it before it falls” drill. He fell once. He wasn’t the only one that fell, Koko had his issues as well, but showed some good footwork making figure 8s around his stick while it lay prone on the ice. The good news is that once again Tommy Cross showed no ill effects as he worked the drills with no issues but did appear to take one or two of them a little more slowly than the others.
At the opposite end of the ice sheet coach Essensa put the goaltenders through some workouts, and once again Lars Volden showed that he was equal to the task. As mentioned in the previous post, he has nice horizontal movement from post to post, and also showed a strong glove hand when faux one-timers were being fired at him from 1o feet out. Hutch and Goth looked strong through most of the drills but appeared a little exposed when shots were taken over there shoulders to the top shelf. None of the three are going to be challenging for a starting spot on the Bruins any time soon, but Hutch looks to be heading toward a back up role in Providence with the baby B’s.
Some more mental notes…
Zane Gothberg: Showed that he can handle the rubber being fired at him and stopped just about everything he was supposed to stop. During the scrimmage section he did make some nice stops, but never really ventured away from the net.
Ben Sexton: Showed some speed during both the skills and scrimmage. Had some issues during the scrimmage but looked good on offense. The thing with Sexton that I liked most was his ability to take direction and his willingness to ask for direction, as evidenced by his taking face off instruction from, I believe, Cunningham or Koko.
Jared Knight: One of the most polished of the crew at camp this week. He looked as though he was showboating a little, as was Spooner during the skating drills. Jared is better at back-checking and defense and he is really good in the offensive zone, as to be expected. His passing is spot on, and he has a good shot, but looks much better from in close. He was also willing to get a little physical.
Craig Cunningham: To me Craig didn’t do anything blatantly wrong, but he didn’t jump out at me either. He has good speed, but had an issue finishing one timers in front of the net. He did go into the corners and was willing to muck it up, which works for me when it comes to having a B’s mentality
Alexander Fallstrom: Alex doesn’t seem to shy away from the physical contact, both taking and receiving it. It appeared that he checked Camara into the stanchion (anyone say Max?) but it was later learned that Anthony put himself into the stanchion avoiding or trying to hit Fallstrom. Anyway, Alex did appear to have some issues with the skate drills in the morning session but he showed good hustle and grit.
Brian Ferlin: Brian showed some hustle and speed on Day 4 scrimmage. Day 5 saw him repeat the effort. Appeared to be having a good time on the ice, nothing glaring about his defense, would like to see more physical in his game.
Justin Florek: He can score, and what a shot! Fairly accurate as it hit the back of the net twice. The line combo for both scrimmages had Florek and Ferlin centered by Spooner, and they clicked well together. All three were vocal and knew who was supposed to be where. He was physical behind the net and didn’t shy away from contact.
Only got a few in here, but keep an eye out for the rest of the Development Camp roster…