“I’m going to be this open minded,” the Bruins coach said on Wednesday, on his first day presiding over training camp. “The players don’t know me and I don’t really know them. I want to see what the players can do.”
For the most part, he plans to pair the younger players with the veterans over six games, 21 days before the October 12 season opener in Washington.
“We’ll look for guys who put in effort and execution,” Montgomery said. “The effort for me is first on the pucks. We want to play a game of possession, so you have to be the first to play the puck. You can’t be the second.
“So you’re always looking for guys who can make the plays. That’s offensive, these really shine, but defensive, who plays killing? Who makes life difficult for others? Those are the areas we’ll be looking at and discussing.”
As usual in the pre-season opening, Montgomery expects a younger group, including Fabian Lisel And the John BeecherShe will fit in on Saturday in Philadelphia (7 p.m., NESN).
Lissel, the 21st overall pick in 2021, scored two goals in three games at the Junior Championships last week in Buffalo. The slightly built pace (5 feet 11 inches, 176 pounds) obviously made a strong first impression internally.
“The more time he spends in North America, I think he understands where he can attack,” the general manager said. Don Sweeney. “He likes to attack. He likes to attack one-on-one and into spaces. He likes to get speed in the neutral zone.
“On the European rinks, he has a greater chance of staying wide, but you’ve seen him attack inside the points, from corners to attack the net.”
The management of the lysel imp and situational knowledge can be improved. But Bruins thinks he’s a dynamic offensive player in the making.
“I love his attacking mentality with speed and skill,” Sweeney said. “He wasn’t shy about shooting the disc when he was on his stick, or doing a play. He would appreciate the guys he would spend time with.”
Sweeney said Beecher’s performance in the Junior Championships – three goals in three games – didn’t change the team’s perception of him. They were encouraged by the development of the Professional 2nd Player of the Year, who did not integrate aggressively into the University of Michigan’s stacked squad.
“The speech was a little bit unfair to Johnny,” Sweeney said. He spent three years in college. Some of the players were at the pro level. He’s just starting to acclimatize at the pro level.
“The roof itself, with his skates and his size – we don’t know, ideally, if he’ll be a prolific goalscorer in the NHL. We’ve talked a bit about whether he’ll become a winger or a center.
“We see him in the middle of the ice. He’s really good at confrontations. We see him go far and take pucks into the net; could he be a strong forward winger of sorts in the league with those physical qualities? Yeah, maybe he can. Now, can he score when be in [tough] Regions?”
Everything will be determined.
The deal is not done
Another day, another Sweeney spoke to reporters, and nothing new about Pastrnak’s pending contract extension.
“I don’t think there is any concern,” GM said when asked if the situation could distract the star winger if it dragged on. “David would be the only one talking about it. In a perfect world, as we have indicated, we would try to be aggressive. Our goal has always been to sign him as Bruin for life.”
When asked about his confidence level, he deferred Sweeney.
“You’re just trying to grind it,” he said.
The veteran Bruins were off the ice on Wednesday. Marchand, Charlie McAvoyAnd the Matt GerzelecAnd the Humpus Lindholm They are the only ones who have been spotted skiing. The injured Marchand (double hip surgery) and McAvoy (shoulder surgery) performed exercises under the eye of a skating and skills consultant John McClain. Grzelcyk (shoulder surgery) next went single skating with McLean. It looked sharp… Forward Matt PhilipThe third-year professional from Malden Catholic and Northeastern, won’t start camp on time due to a lower-body injury. He put 17 points in Providence last year.
Who is trying?
The camp’s initial roster of 61 players (34 forwards, 21 defensive players, and 6 goalkeepers) did not include anyone on a professional testing agreement. Sweeney said they offered a “couple” of PTOs, one “outstanding.” None of the veterans said he thought about his options… Sweeney Zdeno Chara Future: “We had discussions about where he might want to jump from hockey [operations] Point of view. I guess it was clear yesterday where his priorities are, but that wouldn’t surprise me [if] He has an itch to affect the Bruins on some level — just on his own schedule, that’s it.”