By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
WILMINGTON With a final power skating and drills session on Thursday morning at Ristuccia Arena, the rookie training camp officially came to a close with Bruins training camp commencing tomorrow at TD Garden.
The rookies will skate on the ice at TD Garden Friday morning while the veterans will go through physicals and fitness testing. A pair of camp sessions are scheduled for Saturday morning at the Garden.
Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning said that the rookie games against the New York Islanders were a mixed bag with 19-year-old Ryan Spooner again making the biggest impression after a four-point performance in the first game. Four rookies from the field of 22 players will be cut or returned to their amateur teams on Thursday, and the remaining 18 players will mix and mingle with the NHL veterans when camp truly begins on Saturday.
Weve got some skilled guys coming, so it was good to see them perform in the games. I thought the first game everyone played well and Spooner especially had a very strong game, said Benning. "Everybody played well and competed, and looked good. The second game was not so good. We had some chances and couldnt score, their goalie played well and then we got behind by a few goals.
Spooner will be here all week and hes gotten stronger, but its tough to say how hell do. Well see what he does against the big group. The NHL guys and older players are physically stronger and faster than the group hes playing with this week. Well see how he does, but so far hes looked very good.
It will be a quick transition, as the Bruins will hold their first exhibition game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday night with a handful of games to follow the preseason opener.