We won’t really learn much about the Bruins’ prospects at the 2010 development camp Tuesday because the players will be doing their off-ice testing away from the view of the media and fans.
However, Wednesday they’ll start their on-ice drills and then we can see how some of these guys, including 2008 first-round pick Joe Colborne, have progressed, and how this year’s draft picks, including No. 2 overall selection Tyler Seguin, look in black and gold.
It can be difficult to tell how guys at development camp will match up with NHL players when they’re only battling each other. And the Bruins always stress that this camp isn’t about winning or losing a job in the organization. Nonetheless, here are some things I’ll be looking for Wednesday through Saturday of this week (other than the historic collision of the oppressive heat and the arctic temperatures of Ristuccia Arena):
•Colborne and Max Sauve are both prominent members of the ’08 draft class that will be attending their third development camp. I’ll be watching not only see how they do on the ice, but how much of a leadership role they take off of it.
•Yuri Alexandrov was one of the revelations of last year’s camp after the Bruins finally got him over from Russia. Now he’s scheduled to stay here this season. So let’s see how far his game has come and how much he’s grasping the language and the culture.
•Injuries have limited our sightings of Tommy Cross. Scheduling conflicts have limited my viewing of Boston College games, and my eyes were too frozen to really follow him during the Frozen Fenway game. I’m can’t wait to see what the Bruins finally have in their ’07 second-round pick.
•We know that Seguin is ticketed to be a superstar. And around the media he seems to have an air of maturity. Let’s see how he reacts around his potential future teammates, including many that aren’t nearly as heralded and are just college kids with a dream. Even as a first-time camp participant, you’d expect him to take a leadership role based on his NHL expectations.
•I want to see if playing NCAA hockey has aided the development of late-round picks Nick Tremblay, Mark Goggin and Ben Sexton over the last year.
•Adam Courchaine has been in the organization a few years now. If he’s finally ready to at least carry an AHL workload, the Bruins could have a solid competition in camp for Providence playing time between him, Matt Dalton and Mike Hutchinson.
•Jared Knight, Boston’s ’10 second-round pick, flew under the radar before the draft. But now he’s in the spotlight as a guy the Bruins are counting on to develop into a top-six forward. Let’s see where his game stacks against some of the organizations other top phenoms.