WILMINGTON ‘ Bruins prospects took the ice for the second day of development camp Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena, with the injured Joonas Kemppainen (hamstring) still not participating.
Here are some notes from the second day of the four-day camp:
– Joonas Kemppainen said he suffered his hamstring injury while training last Monday. The 27-year-old Swedish import does not speak English well, but he articulated his frustration with being kept off the ice well enough.
Said Kemmpainen: “It sucks to do some rehab work, but I hope to [have] a quick recovery.”
It’s still possible that Kemppainen could get on the ice Thursday or Friday.
– Providence College coach Nate Leaman was among the instructors on the ice Wednesday. The coach of the national champions is familiar with at least two players in camp in forwards Noel Acciari and Brandon Tanev, both of whom played for him last season. Acciari signed with the Bruins as a free agent, while Tanev is in camp on an invite basis.
– Fifteenth overall pick Zach Senyshyn showed off his skill set a bit more Wednesday, beating defenseman Jeremy Lauzon in a 1-on-1 drill and sliding the puck past third-round pick Daniel Vladar from a tough angle.
– Defenseman Max Iafrate is an interesting kid. While he too has a very hard shot, he doesn’t have much in common with his father, Al Iafrate, regarding their paths to the NHL.
Al, a longtime NHL defenseman who played for the Bruins when Max was born back in 1994, was the fourth overall pick in the 1994 draft. Max, meanwhile, went undrafted and had been in three different development camps (Washington, San Jose and Colorado) prior to signing his first professional contract this summer with the Bruins.
“I’m a 21-year-old on an AHL contract,” he said. “There’s tons of different ways to get there, but [Al] got there pretty easy. He was in the NHL when he was 18. He didn’t really face anything that I’ve had to face.”
The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder will play in Providence next season, where the Bruins hope he will follow Kevan Miller as an unheralded player who developed into an NHL contributor.
“I think any defenseman that goes into Providence is going to learn a lot quickly,” Jay Pandolfo said. “Bruce Cassidy and Kevin Dean do an unreal job down there. I played a long time, and going down there this year, I learned a ton from those guys.”
– P.J. Axelsson, a Bruins scout who is serving as an instructor this week, is enjoying his new profession. Axelsson, who played his entire NHL career with the Bruins before playing four seasons back home in Sweden, admits he’s still getting used to being a scout.
“So far, I love it,” Axelsson said. “I’m still learning, obviously; I’ve only been doing it for two years, but it’s fun.”