|Julien thinks Hamill could be worth the wait||09.20.10 at 3:34 pm ET|
With plenty of attention on the center position with Marc Savard being held back from practices with post-concussion syndrom symptoms, Zach Hamill is an interesting name early on in training camp. The Bruins spent the eighth overall pick of the 2007 draft on the WHL draft, and after playing the last two seasons in Providence, his time could potentially come in the 2010-11 season.
“He’s definitely looked better,” Claude Julien said of Hamill after Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage. “I thought he impressed us in that last game against Washington last year. It was his first real opportunity, and I thought he did a god job. He’s one of those guys that keeps improving every year. Everybody’s different. Some guys make that quick jump, some guys take a few years to make that jump, but the one thing is that he’s gotten better and he’s going to deserve to be looked at and given a fair opportunity. We’re planning on doing that.”
The game to which Julien referred was Hamill’s NHL debut and only game with the Boston team to date. In the game, a 4-3 shootout victory over the Capitals, Hamill picked up an assist on a Michael Ryder goal in the first period. On Monday, he centered a line with newcomer Nathan Horton and Lane MacDermid.
|First period summary: Bruins vs. Capitals||04.11.10 at 12:44 pm ET|
They are playing for pride in this one.
Neither the Bruins or the Capitals can improve their playoff positioning in the regular season finale on Sunday. Washington wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference long ago while the Bruins are stuck in the sixth slot with 89 points after the Canadiens lost in overtime to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
But the game will still be played and Boston is looking to not get swept by Washington this season, having dropped the first three games in the series with a combined score of 11-4.
It did not look promising early for the Bruins as Alexander Semin beat Tim Thomas at 2:23 with a snap shot that the reigning Vezina Trophy winner could not corral to give the Caps the early 1-0 lead.
Boston came back at 5:29 when Milan Lucic fought hard for the puck for the behind Washington goaltender Semyon Varlamov and backhanded a pretty pass in front to the stick of Michael Ryder who went back across Varlamov for his 17th goal of the year. Zach Hamill, Boston’s first round pick (No. 8 overall), who is making his NHL debut, got the secondary assist on the goal for his first NHL point.
Ryder, who had not scored since March 16 against Carolina, broke another bad Bruins streak when he snapped their scoreless power play funk at 0 for 22 at 14:55 after Alexander Ovechkin went to the box for high sticking at 14:27.
The Bruins could not hold the lead for long though as the Capitals came back with a goal 19-seconds later when Eric Belanger beat Thomas with a wrist shot at 15:14 to tie the game at two.
That is where it stands heading into the second. Washington leads the Bruins in shots by the slimmest of margins, 9-8.
|Hamill sets up game-winner in rookie win over Leafs||09.07.09 at 5:54 pm ET|
The Bruins rookies got off to a good start during the preseason rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario with a 6-5 win over the Maple Leafs rooks on Monday afternoon. Center Zach Hamill, who the B’s expect to make a big jump in his second full year of pro hockey this season, totalled four points in the overtime victory, and set up the game-winning OT goal on a pretty give-and-go with Jamie Arniel. Adam Courchaine started in net for the Black and Gold.
Hamill experienced ups and downs during his first full season in Providence last year while battling through a thumb injury, but B’s officials hope that the soon-to-be-21-year-old undersized center can look toward David Krejci as a model for success in the NHL. The 2007 first round pick scored 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) last season, but is expected to make a big jump up in production from the pivot this season.
The B’s rookies will practice on Tuesday and then drop the puck against the Ottawa Senators rookie team in another tournament game on Wednesday.
|Bruins announce rookie training camp roster||08.26.09 at 10:44 am ET|
With the Boston Bruins gearing up for rookie and veteran training camp next month in September, the B’s finally announced the roster of rookie players set to report to Kitchener, Ontario for rookie training camp beginning on Sept. 5. The rookie roster is comprised of 24 players that will take part in the mini-training camp from Sept. 5-10 and play three preseason games against the Toronto Maple Leafs (Sept. 7), Ottawa Senators (Sept. 9) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (Sept. 10).
Veteran training camp — which will include a handful of Providence Bruins players like Brad Marchand and Mikko Lehtonen expected to know on the door this year — is expected to begin on Sept. 12 with all players reporting for measurements and testing, but 21-year-old sniper Phil Kessel remains unsigned and appears to be a good bet to hold out at the beginning of training camp.
2009 First round pick Jordan Caron will not be participating in the rookie training camp camp after fracturing his collar bone during Team Canada World Junior tryouts this summer, but center 2007 First round pick Zach Hamill as well as 2009 draftees Ryan Button, Lane MacDermid and Tyler Randell are all slated to be among the 24 rookies on hand.
Other recent draft selections making the trip to Kitchener include: Max Sauve (2008, second round), Mike Hutchinson (2008, third round), Jamie Arniel (2008, fourth round), Alain Goulet (2007, sixth round), Jordan Knackstedt (2007, seventh round) and Levi Nelson (2006, sixth round).
Rounding out the travel roster are players acquired through trades or free agency Jeff LoVecchio, Matt Marquardt, Rob Kwiet, Scott Fletcher, Matt Dalton and Adam Courchaine and rookie camp invitees Chris DeSousa, Saugus native and BU alum Jason Lawrence, Taylor MacDougall, Jason Wilson, Mark Isherwood, Peter Stevens, Marc Zanetti and Brad Good.
Here’s the full 2009 BRUINS ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER:
Goaltenders (3): Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Mike Hutchinson
Defensemen (7): Ryan Button, Scott Fletcher, Brad Good, Alain Goulet, Mark Isherwood, Rob Kwiet, Marc Zanetti
Forwards (14): Jamie Arniel, Chris DeSousa, Zach Hamill, Jordan Knackstedt, Jason Lawrence, Lane MacDermid, Taylor MacDougall, Matt Marquardt, Jeff LoVecchio, Levi Nelson, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Peter Stevens, Jason Wilson
Will not participate due to injury (1): Jordan Caron