Bruins Development Camp concluded Friday afternoon, finalizing a three-day stretch in which the team had some of its prospects practice with camp invites to get some summer skating in and afford players the chance to make an impression on management and the coaching staff.
The three-day camp consisted of practices and a scrimmage, so it is important to not overvalue results and keep everything in context. Nonetheless, here are some observations and notes from the week:
- Oskar Steen, fresh off of a breakout season with Farjestad BK of Sweden’s first division where he finished tenth in the league in scoring (17-20—37 in 46 games), looked vastly improved. Steen could push for a roster spot, if one opens up. Steen will be moving to North America to play this season. He moved from wing to center and found his groove, utilizing his speed to play more of a 200 foot game.
- Samuel Asselin, a camp invite who has signed with Providence for next season, certainly piqued the interest of onlookers. He scored the most goals by a player for the Mooseheads since 1994, posting 48 in 68 games. He displayed a nose of the net (clearly, duh! Nice analysis), tenacity when battling for pucks along the boards, and showed a high compete level.
- Jack Studnicka, Jakub Lauko, and Kyle Keyser all did not skate. All three were in attendance and participated in off ice drills, but due to long seasons and nagging injuries, the Bruins took the precautious route. Good for them for wanting to be at camp and spend time around the team.
With free agency right around the corner, the Bruins must now turn their focus from prospects to the NHL club and how to bolster the roster for another deep run at the Stanley Cup.