BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins kicked off their 11th annual development camp with a mix of old and new faces among their prospects, but a few of the best and brightest won’t be seen for most of the week-long camp. Bruins player development coach Jamie Langenbrunner indicated that it’s “questionable” that Jeremy Lauzon, Ryan Lindgren or Cameron Hughes will participate in any on-ice workouts due to previous injuries. Likewise, prospective B’s winger and former Notre Dame standout Anders Bjork won’t be arriving at Warrior Ice Arena until this weekend due to a family obligation after signing his entry level deal with the Bruins last month.
Bjork will be in Boston in time to potentially participate in the intra-squad scrimmage on the final day of develop, and get a midsummer refresher course in all things Black and Gold before competing for an NHL gig this fall. The 21-year-old Bjork was the best forward by quite a bit during last summer’s development camp for the Bruins, and heads into this fall with a lot of expectations after a Hobey Baker-level season in his junior year with the Fighting Irish.
“Lindgren, Lauzon and Hughes are all very questionable for this week,” said Langenbrunner. “They’re coming off season injuries that I think you guys are all aware of, and at this point in July to push it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Anders Bjork will be on the ice on Saturday. He had a family obligation this week and will get on the ice Saturday and Sunday.”
Lindgren broke his leg crashing into the boards in the final weeks of his freshman season at the University of Minnesota, Hughes is dealing with a shoulder issue after wrapping up his junior season at the University of Wisconsin and Lauzon has dealt with several injuries over the last couple of seasons playing in the QMJHL. Clearly there is no rush for the 20-year-old Lauzon as he approaches his first NHL training camp as a pro hockey player while in the running with Jakub Zboril, Matt Grzelcyk and Robbie O’Gara among others for a potentially open D-man spot on the left side.
Here is the full roster for the Bruins Development Camp, which runs through Sunday and should pick up in intensity this weekend once Bjork has shown up for the final couple of days:
Forwards (* denotes a non-draftee camp invite): Jack Becker, Anders Bjork, Ryan Donato, Trent Frederic, Jesse Gabrielle, Cameron Hughes+, Mason Jobst*, Joona Koppanen, Karson Kuhlman*, Josh Melnick*, T.J. Moore*, R.J. Murphy*, Cedric Pare, Eric Robinson*, Zach Senyshyn, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka
Defensemen: Victor Berglund, Ian Brady*, Daniel Bukac, Cameron Clarke, Jeremy Lauzon+, Ryan Lindgren, Wiley Sherman, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakob Zboril
Goaltenders: Robert McGovern*, Jeremy Swayman, Dan Vladar