NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Providence opened camp today at the Rhode Island Sports Center. Both groups have concluded their on-ice sessions.
“It’s good to see the guys out skating,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “It’s a little different, a different environment, different setting. But the guys are energetic. We’ll have some scrimmages on the weekend. We’re back at it.”
Some of the top prospects include Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner, and Jared Knight. They will look to veterans such as Chris Bourque, Christian Hanson, and Trent Whitfield to help them acclimate, especially Spooner and Knight, who are first-year pros.
“The young guys know what the Boston Bruins’ expectations are,” said Providence coach Bruce Cassidy. “They’ve come in here in great shape. Hats off to them. A lot of them are probably a bit disappointed they didn’t get to go to big camp. That’s part of being a pro. You go there, rub elbows with the [Zdeno] Charas and the [Patrice] Bergerons, then come down here and work on your game. They missed that. But they tested real well. The on-ice was more about getting them to feel the puck.”
The rest of the weekend will include scrimmages. The first preseason game is next Wednesday against Springfield at Marlborough’s New England Sports Center.
* Claude Julien and assistants Geoff Ward, Doug Houda, and Doug Jarvis watched practice from the stands. Also in attendance: Chiarelli and assistant GMs Jim Benning and Don Sweeney. Goaltending coach Bob Essensa joined Cassidy and assistant Kevin Dean on the ice.
* Defenseman Kevan Miller was not cleared to skate. During testing, doctors detected a heart murmur. Cassidy didn’t think it was serious, and expected Miller to be cleared.