ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton by the Boston Bruins poses for a photo portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally altered.) (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The first day of Bruins development camp opens to the public at 1:15 Thursday afternoon. Featured at camp will be last year's fan favorites Jared Knight, Craig Cunningham and Ryan Spooner, as well as new additions Dougie Hamilton and Alexander Khokhlachev. Former BU defenseman David Warsofsky and current BC assistant captain Tommy Cross will also be present.
We'll be giving updates from Ristuccia as often as we can - which may not be that often due to limited space in the pres box - so stay tuned.
1:10 PM: Not-so-breaking news: Ristuccia's still really cold. Bruins hopefuls are about to take the ice in five minutes or so here, so keep it locked in for updates.
1:22: The boys broke up into 5-on-5's almost immediately, with Zane Gothberg in net against Alexander Khokhlachev and Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight working against Michael Hutchinson. Ryan Spooner's defending against Knight.
1:27: Spooner doesn't appear to have lost a step from last year. Just sped into the zone during drills and roofed one over Lars Volden's head. A noteworthy change from previous Bruins hopeful squads: a lot of these guys can skate and shoot.
1:31: Gothberg showing a lot of composure in net while facing shot after shot in early drills. Granted, that can go by the wayside in a matter of minutes at development camp, but for a kid that the organization would like to see in a starring role down the road, it's a positive sign.
1:34 Here's your Dougie Hamilton update: struggling to get his sea legs beneath him in his first taste of NHL camp action. Khoklachev, meanwhile, is skating pretty strong and putting almost every puck he sees into the net.
1:40: Not really noteworthy, but nobody's doing anything so far that they weren't expected to: Spooner, Knight, Craig Cunningham, Khokhlachev and Gothberg have been strong, but there's a lot of camp left to go.
1:46: Jared Knight has really developed his shot - not that it needed it, but it's a lot stronger and more accurate than it was before. Because of the games that they play, Knight, Spooner and Khokhlachev are all going to impact this Bruins team in a big way over the next few years
1:53: Heading downstairs shortly for locker room stuff. Will have more up a bit later tonight.