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Bruins rookies return to the ice 09.15.11 at 10:26 am ET
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WILMINGTON — After a day of off-ice workouts following their two rookie games vs. the Islanders, the Bruins’ youngsters returned to the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday.

Skating wizard Besa Tsintsadze was on the ice with the rookies. He made a couple of appearances in July’s development camp.

The rookies will practice again Friday, but from there the party will be moved to TD Garden for the official start of training camp. Assistant general manager Jim Benning indicated after the skate that all but about four of the guys from rookie camp will be in main camp when it opens.

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Islanders take second rookie game vs. Bruins 09.13.11 at 9:38 pm ET
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One night after Ryan Spooner stole the show in New York with a five-point performance, the Boston rookies had a much harder time finding offensive production on Tuesday. The B’s rookies fell to the Islanders’ rookie squad Tuesday night by a 7-2 score at Nassau Coliseaum. The two squads split the two-game rookie series, as Boston was victorious in Monday night’s contest.

Former Northeastern forward Tyler McNeely led the way for the Islanders, registering a goal and three assists for New York. Goaltender Anders Nilsson made 38 saves on the night, holding a shutout until the third period, when he allowed goals to Craig Cunningham and Anthony Camara.

The Bruins’ rookies went 0-for-8 on the power play, though one lasted for just the final 7.1 seconds of the game. They failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:31, as they got seven shots on goal but failed to beat Nilsson.

Michael Hutchinson started the game for the B’s, allowing six goals through the first period before giving way to Jared DeMichiel in the third period.

The game featured four fights, three of which occurred in the first five seconds of the game. Camara, who had 132 penalty minutes for Saginaw (OHL) last season, was among those to drop the gloves for the B’s.

The youngsters will return to Boston, where they will wrap up their rookie camp this week.

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Dougie Hamilton brings a few more pounds to rookie camp 09.09.11 at 3:00 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — It hasn’t been long since we last saw ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton, but the young defenseman made sure that his second impression on Ristuccia Arena was different.

Hamilton, 18, worked to address the area he’s been asked about non-stop since he was selected by the Bruins in June: his weight. The Niagara Ice Dog added six pounds since July’s development camp, weighing in at 194 pounds on Friday as rookie camp opened for the Bruins.

“I’ve gained a couple pounds, and I’m the same height,” the 6-foot-5 Hamilton said. “It’s something that I’m kind of focusing on and working on, so I’m pretty happy.”

Players generally don’t need to note where they stand height-wise, but Hamilton was still growing when he was last in town. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli noted over summer that Hamilton had grown between a quarter of an inch and half an inch from the end of the season to development camp.

Wherever Hamilton is size-wise these days, it likely won’t be the same when he becomes an NHL regular, which is more likely to happen later rather than sooner. The common line of thinking is that he’ll need another year in the OHL to bulk up and polish his skill set, with Chiarelli saying in July that 210 pounds would be a “great” playing weight for Hamilton.

For now, the Bruins are simply pleased with the progress Hamilton has been able to make in such a short period of time, as was discussed by assistant general manager Jim Benning after Friday’s double-session.

“He looked real good today, I thought. He’s skating well,” Benning said of Hamilton. “From the summer, he weighed in at 188. He was 194 today, so he put on five, six pounds of muscle. He’s a young player and he’ll continue to get stronger and bigger. He’s going to be a good player. It’s just going to be a matter of time with him.”

Hamilton seems to understand what “matter of time” means, but he isn’t entering camp thinking he’s a sure thing to return to the OHL. After using development camp as a getting-to-know-you period, Hamilton wants to use rookie camp to show the Bruins that even if he doesn’t make the team this year, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with some day.

“I just want to come in and play my best. Obviously there’s a lot of good d-men [on the NHL roster], but I think I’m just going to show my stuff and what I can do,” Hamilton said. “Whatever they want to do with me, that’s what I’ll do.”

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Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner hit the ice as Bruins rookie camp begins at 12:24 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — With the last veterans’ practice for the next few days (they’ll return to the ice Tuesday) completed, the Bruins began their rookie camp Friday at Ristuccia Arena. A couple of guys from last year’s group made the big club (Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron), so it will be interesting to see who stands out amongst the youngsters with an NHL spot potentially to be had.

Here’s the roster:

FORWARDS: Anthony Camara, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Dylan Hood, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Kyle MacKinnon, Adam Presizniuk, Tyler Randell, Calle Ridderwall, Yannick Riendeau, Ryan Spooner, Conor Stokes.

DEFENSEMEN: Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Charlie Dodero, Dougie Hamilton, Zach Hamilton, Kevan Miller, David Warsofsky.

GOALTENDERS: Jared DeMichiel, Michael Hutchinson.

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