Boston Bruins Director of Hockey Operations Don Sweeney remembers ’09 fourth-round draft pick Lane MacDermid’s dad Paul well from their head-to-head battles in the NHL.
After today’s first on-ice drills during the club’s Third Annual Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., Sweeney told the assembled media that he’d already joked with the younger MacDermid about how his dad had picked on him tons. Sweeney noted he might get some revenge by working the son a little extra harder this week.
But one look at the Windsor Spitfires forward’s body of work tells you that it would take a lot more than extra battle drills or sprints to wear down the 6-foot-3, 205-pound teenager, who was drafted for his work ethic more than anything last month.
Of course, the Memorial Cup title he captured with Windsor after a trade last season with Owen Sound also boosted MacDermid’s stock.
“Obviously going to a championship team, you’re going to get that exposure from scouts. Just getting that feel for a room and putting that on your resume really helps,” said MacDermid, who posted 7-14-21 totals and 112 PIM in 38 games for the Spits. “Teams are looking for character guys that know how to win, so it definitely helps you out a lot.”
The Cup win brought MacDermid and his teammates tons of accolades in Windsor, and he earned the attention of the Bruins’ organization, which drafted him without ever talking to him. After being passed over in two previous drafts, MacDermid had spoken to a few teams but had no idea he would wind up going to Boston in the fourth round. Scheduled to turn 20 next month, MacDermid never let the draft snubs distract him from his goals.
“I didn’t think about it too much. You’ve just got to go year by year and play your game and do your best. So if the opportunity arises, you’ve got to take a hold of it,” MacDermid said.
MacDermid chipped in offensively, but obviously at his size and skill level he’s expected to be a force with his body more than anything else. That’s a role he played perfectly for the Spits and something he hopes will translate to the next level.
“I want to do the best I can to make the squad,” said MacDermid, who’s eligible to return to Windsor as an over-age player but would rather earn a spot with Providence (AHL) this September. “But even if I go back to Windsor, it’d be another good year to develop.”