WILMINGTON, Mass. — While one Bruins perennial healthy scratch ventured down to the Providence farm club on a conditioning assignment over the weekend, another remained with the parent club to practice and stay sharp.
Brian McGrattan, who has been a healthy scratch ever since he officially signed with Boston two games into the season, returned to the Bruins today for their Ristuccia Arena practice session as scheduled.
Meanwhile, Daniel Paille — a healthy scratch since he played poorly on opening night — continues to practice as hard as he can to simulate game action and be ready when the Bruins need him.
“You look at Johnny [Boychuk] last year, what he did after 20 games [out]. I think my strength’s there and the physical part is there. It’s just trying to maintain the mental focus. I feel strong enough to do that right now,” said Paille, who said he would be willing to do an AHL conditioning stint if asked.
Paille also said he’s able to keep a positive frame of mind because the team is doing so well and the coaching staff has been communicating well with him. As of now, he wants to remain with the Bruins.
“I like it. I know eventually my time will come and I’ve just got to make the best of it,” he said.
McGrattan skated in three games, all losses, for the P-Bruins. He didn’t register any points and was a minus-4. More disappointing, he didn’t record any penalty minutes.
“There’s not really anybody down there to go with. I wasn’t used to having so much room,” said McGrattan, who once surpassed 500 penalty minutes in one AHL season. “I got the puck and guys kind of spread out, so I wasn’t used to that. I’m no offensive threat.”
McGrattan, like Paille, believes he’s ready to step into the lineup when called upon.