Kampfer/By S. Bradley

Up until recently, I wasn’t sold on the idea of undersized rookie defensemen Steve Kampfer or Matt Bartkowski being legitimately in the Bruins’ mix for the opening day roster.

While I still think it’s a little longer shot than the Bruins’ brass is willing to admit at this point that either beats out one of the six blueliners on one-way contracts — and to stay in the NHL, Kampfer or Bartkowski would have to play every night — both general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien continue to sing the praises of their two upstarts on the back end.