With Boston Bruins rookie camp concluding in Buffalo with the Prospects Challenge at the LECOM HarborCenter, the veterans will now take center stage in Brighton, Mass.
There is a significant number of new faces in Boston this season, which will not have both of David Krejci and Tuukka Rask officially on the NHL roster together for the first time since 2008-09. Krejci is back in his native Czech Republic playing for Olomouc HC in the Czech Extraliga, while Rask is recovering from hip surgery. The B’s have not completely closed the door on their Boston careers, but for now, neither is in the mix, but their absence comprises several threads of the camp fabric.
To that extent, Taylor Hall enters his first full season with the Bruins after coming over in a late-season trade and signing a contract extension. Soon turning 30, he is still very much in his prime and could possibly post career numbers on the second line. Who will most likely be the one to center the second line with Hall and Craig Smith?
The plot thickens, as New England Hockey Journal looks at Hall and what he will do for that second line, plus a final review of how stood out at the Prospects Challenge in the first game against the Buffalo rookies.
We will continue our coverage of the Bruins this week and next with more key storylines and questions surrounding the team as camp gets underway.