WILMINGTON, Mass. — Through July’s development camp and today’s first rookie practice at Ristuccia Arena, Bruins prospects Yury Alexandrov has shown an ability to change the spelling of his first name and understand gestures to make up for his lack of a grasp on English.
One thing he hasn’t lacked, however, is the ability to get his stick on the puck when protecting his own end.
“I think that the one thing that Yury has, and I noticed at development camp also, is that he’s got a very good stick, he’s got a very active stick,” said Providence coach Rob Murray, who figures to benefit from Alexandrov’s presence in North America this winter. “When we were doing 1-on-1 drills in July, really the only guy that Tyler [Seguin] didn’t have any success against was Yury, and I think it was just because of his active stick and his ability to use it well.
“And that’s something that’s going to be an asset to his game, obviously. He’s not necessarily the biggest guy physically, but obviously if you can defuse a play prior to the guy getting to you, then you don’t have to use your body. That’s one thing that I really noticed with him. I’m excited to be here and I’m glad that he made the decision to come and play for us.”
Providence skills coach Victor Teleguine is Russian and will be able to help with communication. The Bruins’ training staff will aid the 22-year-old in his efforts to bulk up from 185 pounds. But, as he continued to show again today, Alexandrov doesn’t have to worry too much about improving his anticipation and ability to get in the passing lanes.