BOSTON -- The Bruins hold their Black and White scrimmage tonight at Providence, and there will be plenty of young faces fighting for roster spots.
Milan Lucic will be among the veterans suiting up, and the opportunity brought back memories of competing for a spot coming out of training camp in 2007. He can empathize with some of the young players looking to make a good impression.
“Looking back four years ago, those games we had in Boston, there’s definitely some nerves,” he said. “You want to make a lasting impression and give them a reason to keep you around. I expect them to go about it the same way I did.”
Asked about youngsters who have impressed thus far in camp, coach Claude Julien was deferential -- “you mention one, you forget another one” -- but praised the scouting department for its efforts in finding draft picks and camp invitees who haven't been overwhelmed by the rigors of camp.
He added that nobody is disappointed in first-round draft pick Dougie Hamilton.
“I think we all see the potential in Hamilton's game,” Julien said. “Not only is he a quality player, he's a quality person as well. Anybody who's taken the time to talk to him has seen that he's a pretty grounded individual and those same guys -- [Jared] Knight, [Ryan] Spooner, those kind of guys -- continue to impress. You can go with [Jordan] Caron who's having a great camp, even -- I'm sure I'm forgetting some other guys too, but there's a lot of guys right now that are doing a pretty good job and giving us a good look at them.”