Bruins’ Unheralded Prospects Head to Camp

Lane MacDermid, LW

MacDermid is a big and strong, physical winger who plays with both grit and fire. MacDermid is an average skater, but has improved his initial burst and overall agility in recent seasons, moving him a step forward in his development. Although his overall hockey skills are limited, he has a big shot that has a tendency sneak up on goaltenders. He routinely goes out and hits everything in sight, which should bode well for both Bruins hockey and the team’s fans. I expect him to be a physical force as this training camp begins.

Tyler Randell, RW

Coming from the Kitchener Rangers, a similar player to that of Lane Macdermid, Randell is a Hard-nosed winger, who supremely elevated his play when captain (and 2011 high draft pick) Gabriel Landeskog went down mid-season with an injury. While he is not the best skater, Randell relishes contact and has a hard shot to go along with his quick release. He will make the most of his opportunities if given space in front of the net.

Anthony Camara, LW

This guy can flat-out skate, and has a true knack for the net despite his low totals in the OHL. The third round pick of Boston in June’s draft, Camara impressed in July’s development camp, and should turn some heads at the rookie practices as well. For not having much size Camara is one real tough player who will certainly impress with the tenacity he brings on the ice.

Alexander Khokhlachev, C/W

“Koko” has supreme talent and high potential but will be a project player as well, much to the likes of stud defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Khokhlachev had an extremely impressive first year with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, tallying 34 goals as just a 17-year-old rookie. He has supreme hands and is an elusive skater, though needs work on his mechanics; often-drawing comparisons to former Bruins high draft pick Sergei Samsonov.

At the second day of Bruins rookie practice, Khokhlachev told the media he had been working hard to improve his skating in the off-season. “My agent just sent me to Minnesota, and I skated with a skating coach there. We have been working hard to improve my technique, and its been a big help” Khokhlachev said.

Ryan Button, D

Button is one of the smoothest skating defensive prospects in Boston’s system. Although only average-sized for his position, Button is in top-tier shape, and while often preached for his on-ice awareness and shut down ability, he also has some offensive upside as well. I expect Button to thoroughly impress with both his hockey IQ and skating ability.

When asked how he improved his game offensively during the off-season, Button had a few things to say. “I didn’t focus on anything specific, it was rather being on the ice more this summer than last summer that made the difference. By being on the ice more I could experiment with my game offensively, trying things I wouldn’t normally try in a meaningful situation. I also went to pro camp two weeks before the rookie practices, and really worked on my offensive game there.”

Button also expressed the difference coming into this year’s camp, as opposed to last years, with a little bit more experience under his belt. “I’ve been here a couple times now, played in both rookie games last year so I know what to expect come Monday and Tuesday, but at the same time I feel there is more a leadership role here for me now, and if there is any way I can help these guys out while here I want to do so.”

Craig Cunningham, LW

A fourth round pick for Boston in 2010, and former Memorial Cup-winning teammate of Milan Lucic with the Vancouver Giants in 2007, Cunningham is a speedy, crafty, sparkplug type player with undoubted leadership qualities. He has the makeup to be a successful NHL grinder, and the work ethic that any professional coach will appreciate and reward.

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