BRIGHTON, Mass – It didn’t take long for young D-men Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy to get back into the flow after their brief holdouts. Both youngsters will suit up for their first action of the preseason on Saturday night as both Carlo and McAvoy will be in the Bruins lineup when they headed to the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
Both players only missed a handful of practices at the beginning of camp before signing their respective second NHL contracts, and needless to say they are excited to get back into the swing of things.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said McAvoy. “It really doesn’t take long to get back into the flow and into the routine of coming to the rink every day, going about your business and doing the things you do. Then you start feeling comfortable and getting back. I’m excited to get back on the road with the guys. There’s a couple of new faces, so you get to meet new guys and play with new guys. It’s fun. I’m excited to see if I can get some chemistry with some guys tonight.”
Certainly the appearance of both McAvoy and Carlo on the game roster so quickly also speaks to the excellent shape they arrived in training camp ready to hit the ice running.
Bruce Cassidy indicated that Saturday night will probably mark the end of training camp for a number of players with expected to come in the 24-48 hours following the exhibition game in Chicago. It makes perfect sense timing-wise given that the Bruins coaching staff wanted to give their veteran core time to ease into things over the first 10 days of training camp, and Providence Bruins training camp begins on Monday with a number of players headed to Rhode Island as the first round of camp cuts begin to take shape.
Here's the roster of players headed to Chicago for Saturday night’s game, which will be the final appearance in NHL training camp for a number of these players:
Forwards: Anders Bjork, Par Lindholm, Brett Ritchie, Jakub Lauko, Trent Frederic, Karson Kuhlman, Paul Carey, Oskar Steen, Ryan Fitzgerald, Brendan Gaunce, Pavel Shen, Peter Cehlarik, Samuel Asselin
Defensemen: Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Jakub Zboril, Wiley Sherman, Cooper Zech
Goaltenders: Maxime Lagace, Kyle Keyser, Dan Vladar
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