Chiarelli weighs in on young players

July, 11, 2011
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke with the media following the final scrimmage on the final day of the team’s Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena and offered a few observations on the players obtained in last month’s draft.

On top draft choice and highly touted defenseman Dougie Hamilton: “Obviously Dougie Hamilton is a tremendous, tremendously skilled player. He has to get stronger, but you can see, as each day went on, his skill came out and his confidence came out.”

On second-round Russian import Alexander Khokhlachev: “Again, very skilled. He arrived in not the greatest shape but I know he’s going to take care of that as the year progresses, as the summer progresses.”

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Brendan HallRyan Spooner (in black) faces off against Jared Knight during Monday's scrimmage.
On third-rounder Anthony Camara: “I think a couple of these guys’ eyes were opened at the speed and strength, but he’s a robust player.”

On fourth-rounder and Jacksonville, Fla., product Brian Ferlin: “I thought Ferlin was good; good stick, protects the puck, you put him on that line, that line was good with [Justin] Florek, [Ryan] Spooner and Ferlin.”

On fifth-rounder and Milton Academy defenseman Rob O’Gara: “I think he’s going to be a good player, provided he gets some strength and gets his feet under him. He’s got a good head, good stick, good sense.”

On sixth-round goaltender and Norwegian youngster Lars Volden: “Big kid. Again, I don’t know much about him so I can’t really comment about him. Those young guys, I thought, acquitted themselves well.”

Chiarelli noted a significant jump in progress from Jared Knight as well as the forward line of Florek, Spooner and Ferlin, while also commenting on the depth of quality defensemen this year.

If this week's camp is a snapshot of things to come, the Bruins’ farm system looks replenished at the blue line going forward, after some lean years. Tommy Cross has taken charge, while skating noticeably crisper now that he’s healthy. The undersized but sturdy David Warsofsky put in a solid showing this week, not overcompensating and staying the course. Chiarelli called the Marshfield native “an incredible stretch passer.”

Meanwhile, Marc Cantin showed some life toward the end.

“Cantin I thought played well,” Chiarelli said. “And he’s one of those guys that’s maybe a little bit older than the rest of the crew, but as the days progressed, I thought he was strong out there today. I’m probably missing a couple here but we’ve got quite a few, and [Matt] Bartkowski and [Steven] Kampfer weren’t even here, of course. So we’re happy with the defensive depth right now.”

Chiarelli said that new power skating coach Besa Tsintsadze -- a former figure skating champion who has previously worked out with stars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and at times was the attraction here with his world-class ability -- will work mostly with the Providence club this year, but will be called upon in Boston as well.

“He’s going to spend time with [the NHL club], whether it’s one-on-one or one with a small group,” Chiarelli said. “He’ll spend some time with our big club. He’s good, very good; you saw, he’s dynamic. It’s all about edges with him and that’s important. I talked to a few of the guys after the first session and their groins and their rears and their lower back were all really, really sore. And to me, that’s good, when those things are pushed.”

Asked if he’s had any more contact with restricted free agent Brad Marchand or his agent, Chiarelli said flatly, “We continue to talk and we’ve had some discussion and I’ll leave it at that.”

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