WILMINGTON, Mass. — After the rest of the Bruins’ prospects went through two on-ice sessions totaling around two hours, forward Max Sauve went onto the Ristuccia Arena sheet for a few twirls on his own.
It was the first time he skated since he had the pin removed from his broken ankle at the end of his junior season.
Sauve, the Bruins’ second-round pick in ’08, broke his ankle last November, and he still put up 18-24-42 totals in 31 games (playoffs and regular seas0n). After his brief skate, he said he felt good.
•Prior to arriving at Ristuccia, the prospects went through some more team-building exercises. Part of the time was spent treading water for 45 minutes, with and without a sweatshirt on. Most of the guys agreed it was a brutal exercise, but taught them some solid lessons. At least they all had an excuse for looking a little ragged during their two on-ice sessions.
“On the ice, let’s just say most of the guys were glad it was frozen out there,” said assistant general manager Don Sweeney.
•Give some of the Bruins’ youngest fans credit for knowing their pronunciations. The kids’ chants of “Say-gin, Say-gin” were pitch perfect.
•An ’09 seventh-round draft pick of the Bruins, Ben Sexton, 19, might not land on the club’s radar for a few more years. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Ottawa native plans to honor his commitment to Clarkson University this fall, when he’ll join fellow Bruins draftee Nick Tremblay on the Golden Knights. Last season, Sexton took the next step in his development by moving across the country to play for Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League. He put up 13-29-42 totals in 50 games and said playing there was the perfect fit for him to expand as a player and get used to living away from home.