Two goaltenders, eight blueliners and 13 forwards comprise the Boston Bruins’ 2014 development camp roster, as the club’s website announced last Thursday. On-ice practices and off-ice training sessions will run from Wednesday through Sunday in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
Four of the five picks from the latest NHL draft are slated to participate, as are 13 other established prospects and six at-large invitees. A dozen players are holdovers from last year’s camp, while five were involved in 2012.
Veteran status at an offseason convention for mostly amateur prospects assures nothing for a given player. But a few are worth monitoring by virtue of where they left off with their current club.
Whether they elevated their stock or suffered a setback, the first formal event of the summer is a chance to build on those strides or pounce on a clean sheet.
Then there are the more recent upper-round selections from the last two drafts. While meaningful extramural action in The Show is still at least a year-plus away, their labels are magnets for scrutiny.
The coming week is one of the first chances, if not the very first, to determine where the most-touted Bruins aspirants are. That and maybe even where they should be (i.e. what league and what level) by the start the 2014-15 season.
Based on a combination of short-term potential, long-term potential and prospective gains this week, here are the top five names you should know at this year’s Bruins development camp.