While Zach Trotman started Bruins training camp seemingly on the outside looking in at the team’s next generation of young defensemen — that would be the trio of Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug, and Dougie Hamilton — the 23-year-old right-shot blue liner has looked as if he, too, could be part of the team’s plans.
He had a goal from the point in his first preseason game Monday in Montreal, serving notice that he’s going to make the decision on which defensemen to keep as difficult as possible for the Bruins.
And being paired in camp with Zdeno Chara can only help. It’s something that noticeably benefited Hamilton last season.
“I think it’s a big advantage for whoever ends up playing with him, and it certainly helps a guy develop,” said coach Claude Julien. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.