Day 2 Rookie Camp Wrap
WILMINGTON, Mass. — On Friday after the first day of rookie camp, Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning didn’t shy away from the fact that 2011 second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev showed up to July’s development camp in less than desired condition.
The Russian winger today, after the second day of camp at Ristuccia Arena, echoed those sentiments and talked about how he got into better condition over the last couple months since he was last seen in a Bruins sweater.
“Yeah, for sure when I come to the first camp I was not really in good shape,” he said after two hours of intense drills. “But the coaches and the trainers told me what I need to do so I just worked out and practiced in the summer, and just come in ready for this camp.”
“Basically,” he continued, “just more workouts and practice and eat all the right food.”
You can read more about Khokhlachev in my story in tomorrow’s Boston Herald.
•For tomorrow’s Herald I also spoke with forward Carter Camper, who didn’t attend development camp because of offseason hip surgery. He played through the pain all season last year with Miami University and then still played three games for the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club before shutting it down.
“I got through that. I was able to play all season and just kind of thinking about it I thought it would be a good experience just to go out there and get my feet wet,” said Camper. “At that point, I’d played through it for seven months or something, so it was just another three games. I just had to do it, I guess.”
I’ll post a link to my Herald story tomorrow, which will include Camper’s thoughts on playing in Boston after a couple Boston schools ruined his championship dreams in college.
•Defenseman Zach McKelvie has been a great story so far this camp, and well he should be. He hasn’t played competitive hockey over the last two years while fulfilling his commitment to the Army after a sold four-season career at West Point. He tried to skate as often as he could while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. So far, he hasn’t shown much rust.
“He’s a great skater. So he hasn’t played competitive hockey in a couple years from college, but because he’s such a great skater he moves well out there,” said Benning. “And he’s a competitive kid. His timing will be off a little bit to start, but once he gets his timing, I think he’ll turn out to be a good player for us.”
I’ll have a story on McKelvie both in the Boston Herald and NHL.com coming up Sunday. We also talked about September 11 and what McKelvie did while at Fort Benning. I’ll post the links when those story post.