On the first day of the Boston Bruins’ Third Annual Development Camp today at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, Mass., Jordan Caron saw plenty of familiar faces.
Although he was just drafted by the Bruins in last month’s first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Caron knew a number of his fellow rookies from playing against them in the QMJHL. And in a rare coincidence, Bruins ’08 first-round pick Joe Colborne is a former teammate of Caron’s from couple of years ago with a Saskatchewan AAA team.
But that doesn’t mean everything was comfy for the Rimouski standout. After all, he only started working out again last week after a couple weeks off post-Memorial Cup. Then he wasn’t expecting the rigorous dry-land testing the rookies were put through today.
“It went pretty good, but it was pretty hard,” said Caron. “The running test was hard, it was hard for my legs. But I think I have to get through the process and stuff – it’s a good experience.”
First-round picks carry with them a few extra expectations by virtue of their draft position. And development camp has been a starting line for the meteoric rise of other Bruins prospects — Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Blake Wheeler — from the amateur ranks to the NHL. But Caron doesn’t plan on getting ahead of himself in an attempt to knock anyone’s socks off.
“I’m sure I can leave a good impression, but like the coaches told us — you’re not here to impress everybody, you’re just here to learn,” said Caron, who has averaged 25 goals a season with Rimouski the last three years. “I think the main camp is September. I’m here to learn and, for sure, leave a good impression. But I think the main thing is to learn and have fun.”
The prospects will hit the ice for the first time tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. That’s when we’ll really get to see what some of these kids have going on. Caron is looking forward to skating.
“I think everybody can’t wait for tomorrow. It’s going to be a good day, a great week in Boston. I’m looking forward to having fun and learning a lot.”