WILMINGTON, Mass. — After a quiet exhibition season debut in New York Tuesday, forward Brad Marchand jumped on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Blake Wheeler last night in Toronto and became a three-zone force.
Playing with his typically high amount of energy, Marchand was a force on the forecheck and he scored on one of his three shots on net. So far through less than a week of camp, Marchand has been one of a number of young Bruins who’ve impressed head coach Claude Julien.
“For the roles that they play, I think there are a lot of guys that have shown some things,” said the bench boss after running two practice sessions at Ristuccia Arena.
To his credit, Marchand hasn’t let his success go to his head.
“It’s tough to say, it’s only two games in. But I hope I am,” said Marchand when asked if he thinks he’s made a statement about staying. “I’m trying my best out there and that’s all I can do. If I impress, I impress. If not then that’s how it goes.”
(For more on Marchand check out my blog at ESPNBoston.com.)
Center Max Sauve was one of the bright stars of the Rangers game, with a goal and 11 faceoff wins in 16 tries. When asked about how he played, Sauve was quick to talk about his backchecking and defensive play rather than his goal — and that must be music to Julien’s ears.
“Max Sauve is a guy that also had to get stronger and probably get more involved. He was told that last year and this summer as well and he’s done that,” Julien said.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask, forwards Jeff LoVecchio and Zach Hamill, and defenseman Adam McQuaid all also earned praise for their early-camp efforts from Julien. Do any of them have the chance to be this year’s Milan Lucic or Blake Wheeler and earn a job out of camp? It’s going to be tough (although Rask has only one man to beat for the spot) but at the very least they should all be in the mix for the Bruins when the inevitable injuries hit.