Defenseman Marc Cantin is in the Bruins’ development camp on an invitation basis this week. The 20-year-old was part of the Memorial Cup-winning Windsor team that featured Taylor Hall and beat Bruins prospect Tyler Seguin’s Plymouth team in the OHL playoffs.
Now that he has seen both players up close, maybe he could end the Taylor vs. Tyler debate?
Not a chance. Cantin obviously has to stay diplomatic about his former teammate and his potential future colleague.
“It’s true, I don’t know,” he said. “They’re both good players, I know that much. I can’t tell you which one is better. But they’re both special players.”
Cantin and Seguin have had their share of battles in the OHL.
“He’s obviously one of those marked players that when you play against them, he’s that guy you want to hit after the whistle or get under their skin,” admitted Cantin, who also added he had his share of success against the Boston speedster. “I can’t say we’ve been best of friends on the ice the last few years, but to get to know him a little bit is pretty cool.”
Cantin is eligible to return to Windsor as an over-age player if he doesn’t get a pro deal. He might head to some other camps if the opportunity arises this summer. Regardless, he knows that in August he’ll be getting a giant ring, along with the rest of his Spitfires teammates, in recognition of the Memorial Cup victory. That’ll give him some more bragging rights over Seguin.
•During a late-session scrimmage, Ben Sexton centered a line with Nick Tremblay and Tyler Randell on his wings. Sexton and Tremblay are scheduled to be teammates next year at Clarkson, where Tremblay has already played two seasons. Could we be looking at a line combination that will benefit the Golden Knights?
“I hope so,” said Tremblay. “I like him; he’s a good player. We’re forming some chemistry.”
•You don’t hear about too many Swedish-born players dreaming of playing NCAA hockey someday. But that was always Alex Fallstrom’s goal, and now he’s living the dream. Fallstrom, a 2009 fourth-round pick of Minnesota, was acquired by Boston last fall while Fallstrom was in the midst of his freshman year at Harvard.
He always valued both education and hockey, so he probably couldn’t have landed in a better place. With the Crimson, Fallstrom produced 4-8-12 totals in 32 games.
“It was tough. I had a lot to adjust to,” said Fallstrom, who moved to the U.S. at 16 to attend Shattuck-St. Mary’s. “It was kind of a tough season. I learned a lot from it, some great lessons.”
At powerhouse Shattuck, Fallstrom skated with some top prospects including, Dave Toews (younger brother of Jonathan) and David Carle (younger brother of Matt). Now he’s still a few years away from ending his education and reaching his ultimate goal of the NHL, which means we won’t know whether the Bruins won the Chuck Kobasew trade with the Wild for a couple years. But for two days of development camp he has looked comfortable playing on Joe Colborne’s wing. If he believed in himself enough to move across the Atlantic to further his career, there’s no telling what he’ll do to be Colborne’s linemate at the next level.
•One last note, forward Mark Goggin’s ankle injury set him back too far physically to compete in camp. So he has left. The team will continue to follow his career at Dartmouth after taking him in the seventh round in ’08.