WILMINGTON, Mass. Former first round picks Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron will compete for starting spots on the Bruins roster when regular training camp opens, and Bs Development Camp attendee Torey Krug will get a look as well he tries to fill that need for a puck-moving defenseman.
Dont expect many of the rest of the 22 players at Bruins development camp to compete heavily for roster spots on the NHL club.
Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight are on the cusp of pushing for NHL jobs, and Knight will get an extended look in competition with Caron, Chris Bourque and any unnamed veteran wingers that Boston might bring into the fold.
Prospects like Malcolm Subban and Alex Khokhlachev are years away from pushing for jobs in Boston. In Subbans case the young goaltender is likely 4-5 years away from seriously pushing for the starting job with the Bruins a team that believes in a deliberate developmental track for their puck-stoppers.
Much of it is a matter of simple math as the Bruins have brought back 12 forwards, five of six defensemen are returning and the two goaltenders are now set for next season with Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin both signed.
If you look at our forwards -- and Jordan Caron of course is still under a two-way contract -- but the rest of them either need waivers or are on one-way contracts, so its going to be hard for the young guys, said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli when asked about the odds of non-incumbent youngsters breaking camp with the Bruins this fall. What we told them going into this camp is that, you know, youre going to have an opportunity to make the team. Theres obviously some that are more likely than others to have that opportunity.
But what weve done in the past and what we will do in the future is that if they knock our socks off we will find room for them. Generally speaking, this group will go back to their respective teams or Providence and continue to develop.
Thats not such a bad thing.
A stacked Providence team means the Bruins will have backup plans should injuries hit their front line this year, and hold an army of prospects should a trade become needed midway through the season.
The Bruins didnt have that kind of depth last season, and it ultimately cost them at points during the year.