Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Hamilton in focus with camp set to open
By James Murphy
The Bruins will kick off their development camp Thursday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass. The camp runs through Sunday and will showcase some of the team's top prospects as well as some camp invitees. There will be plenty of spotlight surrounding 2011 first-round pick (ninth overall) defenseman Dougie Hamilton as well as this year's selections, including goaltender Malcolm Subban, whom the Bruins selected 24th in the first round of last Friday's draft.
Speaking of goaltending, that may be the position to watch the closest as the Bruins recently put a heavy emphasis in building depth between the pipes as they move on from the Tim Thomas era. Thomas, who plans to take the 2012-13 season off and recently waived his no-trade clause, will not play for the Bruins again and while Tuukka Rask is set to take over as the team's No. 1 goalie, there will be six possible future netminders on hand in Subban, Zane Gothberg, Parker Milner, Adam Morrison, Niklas Svedberg and Lars Volden.
Defense will be another focal point since Hamilton is the only real blue-chip prospect on the blue line. It will be interesting to see what recently drafted Matt Benning and Matthew Grzelcyk have to offer, as well as Torey Krug, whom the Bruins signed as a college free agent out of Michigan State last spring and gave a look at the pro level for two games. Krug got an assist in those two appearances and the 2012 Hobey Baker finalist will look to get another taste of the NHL in the 2012-13 season.
Here's the roster for development camp:
Forwards: Darik Angeli, Anthony Camara, Colin Campbell, Daniel Carr, Justin Courtnall, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Alex Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Cody Payne, Ben Sexton, Wayne Simpson, Ryan Spooner
Defensemen: Matt Benning, Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Matthew Grzelcyk, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Robbie O’Gara, Zach Trotman
Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Parker Milner, Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg, Lars Volden