WILMINGTON — Bruins prospects held a 4-on-4 scrimmage to wrap up their four-day development camp Friday at Ristuccia Arena. The winner of the game wasn’t a team, but rather a player.
That player was left wing Jake DeBrusk, the second of three consecutive first-round picks for the Bruins last month (14th overall) because he did this in a shootout against Zane McIntyre:
(Footage courtesy of the Bruins, with none other than Pete Blackburn providing the GIF)
In real time, it was borderline confusing. Behind the back and flipped past the best goalie in college hockey last season. DeBrusk didn’t stand out during the actual 4-on-4 play, but his shootout goal proved to be the highlight of the entire camp. He will return to Swift Current of the WHL this season.
Here are some other notes from the scrimmage:
– Ryan Donato was the best player on the ice. The 2014 second-round pick played a perfectly balanced game, flashing a good stick in the defensive zone and scoring a nifty goal on Zane McIntyre. Donato will be a freshman at Harvard in the fall.
– After blending in over the first few days of the camp, 15th overall pick Zach Senyshyn stood out in the scrimmage. He and camp invitee Brandon Tanev (Providence College) flew together, with Senyshyn jetting down the wing to feed a Tanev goal before scoring two goals of his own. All in all, Senyshyn appeared to put up four points (two goals, two assists), while helping Tanev’s case to be signed down the road.
– Speaking of Senyshyn, he answered the question that’s been on everybody’s mind. It’s pronounced SEN-ish-in.
– McIntyre made a nice save in front on Peter Cehlarik, but he was also beat often in the scrimmage. Scoring often comes in abundance in these prospect games, and the 4-on-4 format only welcomed more of it.
– Incoming Boston University freshman and Bruins second-round pick Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson disappointed a bit in the scrimmage. Known as a dependable faceoff man and two-way guy, JFK struggled on draws, including losing the opening one to Mike Vecchione to set up an immediate goal against.
– Joonas Kemppainen missed the entire camp with a hamstring injury suffered last week. Don Sweeney said after the camp’s conclusion that the team is not concerned it will be a longterm issue.