The 2008 version of the Boston Bruins Development Camp is over and with good success. The Bruins found out who their young talent is on and off the ice and the whole camp put a better picture on how the future Bruins are fairing in the new system.
Here is how they did;
Blake Wheeler - "Wheels" lived up to his nickname with the players in this years camp. Hard worker and it didn't go unnoticed from Don Sweeney and crew. Soft hands! Needs to get stronger to become a power forward in the AHL and NHL.
Joe Colborne - Good Hockey Sense. Needs to fill out as he is tall and really lanky. Good hands, quick release and hard shot. Smooth skater. Will be heading to the University of Denver this season to grow into his body.
Zach Hammil - Impressed Chiarelli with his speed and strength. Looked more comfortable in camp this year than last. Strong skater with good hands. Has good knowledge of what it takes to be a player in the NHL. This will be a good development year in Providence for Hammil.
Brad Marchand - I will give him most impressive in camp. He will be playing for a spot on the big club. He thought he should of made it last year! So he has a nice chip on his shoulder to make the club. Quick skater, loves to compete, plays at a high level. He finds ways to win on the teams he is on!
So the above notables had a nice development camp and Don Sweeney, Cam Neely and Peter Chiarelli have a better knowledge of who these young players are and where they are in their development as hockey players and young men.
The biggest news coming out of camp was not that Peter Chiarelli didn't make any "big" moves in the NHL's Free Agent Frenzy (not downplaying the Ryder move, but that becomes a big move if he can perform to expectations) having Patrice Bergeron back on the ice and more than ready to play. This definitly is the best news we can hear about the recovery of one of the Bruins best players.
Bergeron had the drive at camp, out performing everyone all the time during camp. He is also impressing the Bruins Brass with his drive to get back and start playing. He is showing some big leadership skills for a young player with the younger players. Do I see maybe the start of the Captain C once again for the Bruins? Stay tuned.