September 24, 2011

Profiling the remaining roster hopefuls at B's camp

by Jesse Connolly

Jamie Arniel saw 14:43 of ice time in the B's 6-3 win over the Isles on Friday. (Getty)

BOSTON – As the preseason rolls on, the number of roster hopefuls continues to dwindle for the Bruins.

The B’s made 14 more cuts late on Friday night, bringing the total up to 20 names that have been jettisoned from the original list of 53 that began full camp together a little more than a week ago.

Here’s a rundown on the remaining candidates who hope to snag a spot with the big club, featuring their ages, 2010-11 stats, notes and (if available) coach Claude Julien’s take on each player:

FORWARDS

Jamie Arniel (21)
2010-11: 23-27-50 in 78 games for Providence (AHL)

Notes: Appeared in one game for the B’s last season. Led Providence in goals and points last year. Drafted 97th overall by Boston in 2008.

Julien: “He’s a smart player, he’s a gritty player, he’s not afraid to use his speed along the boards and take it from the outside and bring it to the net, so he’s got a lot of upside to him and certainly I’ve seen him back-check and really take a real serious look at that part of his game, and wants to excel there as well.”

Jordan Caron (20)
2010-11: 12-16-28 in 47 games for Providence (AHL), 3-4-7 in 23 games for Boston

Notes: Made NHL debut on Oct. 16, 2010 against Coyotes. Selected 25th overall by Boston in 2009.

Julien: “I think they really liked him once he got settled into Providence and felt comfortable with his team. I was told he was a really good player for them and he had some decent success with that hockey club. What I’ve seen so far in training camp, again he’s shown signs of a guy who’s gotten better, he looks stronger even more so than last year, more confident that he’s using his size and his strength to his advantage.”

Chris Clark (35)
2010-11: 5-10-15 in 53 games for Columbus (NHL)

Notes: Missed 151 games in the past four seasons due to injury. Was captain of the Capitals prior to trade to Columbus. Has appeared in 607 NHL games.

Julien: “To me, whenever we played against him, I always found him to be a hard player to play against. You talked about a guy that comes to play hard every night. He’s certainly one of those players and in a lot of ways he reminds me of a Bergeron who comes to the rink and is all business. Great guy, obviously well respected from his teammates, he’s been a captain in different places he’s been. And just from getting to know him a little more you can see why. “

Zach Hamill (23)
2010-11: 9-34-43 in 68 games for Providence (AHL)

Notes: Appeared in three games for Boston last year, recording an assist. Drafted eighth overall by Boston in 2007.

Julien: “I’ve seen more confidence in Zach. Zach has struggled a little bit with that in the past, but right now he’s shown that after the amount of years he’s been at our camp that it’s a time for him to show that he’s benefitted from it and I find him playing a lot more confidence. And he’s one of those guys that you’ll probably see more of what he can do in a game situation than in practice because he’s a smart player, smart individual and he can make some real nice plays so we’ll get a chance to see that from him.”

Lane MacDermid (22)
2010-11: 7-12-19 in 78 games for Providence (AHL)

Notes: Finished second on the P-Bruins with 158 penalty minutes last year. Selected 112th overall in 2009 by Boston.

Benoit Pouliot (24)

2010-11: 13-17-30 in 79 games for Montreal (NHL)

Notes: Had 15 goals in 39 games for Canadiens in 2009-10. Selected fourth overall by Wild in 2005. Signed one-year deal with Boston during offseason.

Julien: “He’s finding his way with the team and what I’ve liked about his game so far is he’s gotten a little better every game he’s played so that’s going to be the interesting part -- to see how he fares by the end of camp. I know that his skill level is there. I know that his skating is there. I know that his size is there. It’s about putting that package together.”

Max Sauve (21)
2010-11: 21-17-38 in 61 games for Providence (AHL)

Notes: Finished second among all P-Bruins in goals last year. Drafted 47th overall by Boston in 2008.

Trent Whitfield (34)
2010-11: 18-18-36 in 45 games for Providence (AHL)

Notes: Has played in 193 games at the NHL level, including 16 for Boston in 2009-10. Current captain of the P-Bruins. Drafted 100th overall by Boston in 1996.

DEFENSEMEN

Matt Bartkowski (23)
2010-11: 5-18-23 in 69 games for Providence (AHL), 0-0-0 in 6 games for Boston

Notes: Was last player cut from camp prior to 2010-11 season. Played two seasons at Ohio State. Drafted 190th overall by Panthers in 2008.

Steve Kampfer (23)
2010-11: 5-5-10 in 38 games for Boston, 3-13-16 in 22 games for Providence (AHL)

Notes: Picked 93rd overall by Ducks in 2007. Scored first NHL goal on Dec. 28, 2010 against the Lightning.

Julien: “Steven [Kampfer] was here, Matt [Bartkowski] was here last year, and they certainly have a little bit of edge (on becoming the seventh defenseman).”

Colby Cohen (22)
2010-11: 2-12-14 in 60 games for Providence and Lake Erie (AHL)

Notes: Appeared in three games for Avalanche prior to trade to Bruins last season. Selected 45th overall in 2007. Spent three years at Boston University.

Julien: “Colby Cohen is another guy who I thought has good size and (he’s) maybe not the extreme physical player, but certainly a guy that moves the puck extremely well.”

Zach McKelvie (26)
2010-11: Did not play

Notes: Spent last two years serving in the U.S. Army. Had 56 points in 134 games during collegiate career.

Julien: “I think he’s done a fabulous job for a guy that hadn’t played in a couple of years and we’re kind of monitoring his progression here as we go along.”

David Warsofsky (21)
2010-11: 7-15-22 in 34 games for Boston University

Notes: Picked up three points in 10 games for P-Bruins at the end of the 2010-11 season. Totaled 68 points in 113 games during three years at BU.

Julien: “Warsofsky is another guy that maybe size-wise, not big, but his mobility is extremely good and he can move the puck well.”

GOALIES

Michael Hutchinson (21)
2010-11: 13-10-1, 3.13 GAA in 28 games for Providence (AHL)

Notes: Also appeared in 18 games for the Reading Royals (ECHL). Drafted 77th by Boston in 2008. Went 32-12-2 for London Knights (OHL) in 2009-10.

Julien: “I think with him, he was a young goalie that had a good skill set because he’s big. But with him it’s finding the consistency to pay hard to compete every night in goal and if he lets in a bad goal to bounce back and not letting it get to him.”

Anton Khudobin (25)
2010-11: 28-16-2, 2.52 GAA for Providence and Houston (AHL)

Notes: Also appeared in four games for the Wild last season, going 2-1-0 with a 1.59 GAA. Selected 206th overall by Minnesota in 2004. Acquired from Wild via trade in February. Signed two-year deal with Boston during the offseason.