For the first time in over four months, a (mostly) full roster of Bruins skaters took to the sheet at Warrior Ice Arena, with Boston opening Phase 3 (training camp) of the NHL’s Return to Play plan on Monday morning.
It wasn’t out of the ordinary for a regular practice conducted by Bruce Cassidy and the Bruins coaching staff, with the club taking part in regular contact drills and other exercises over a session that lasted a little over an hour.
Here are a few takeaways from Day 1 of Bruins camp:
Pastrnak, Kase among absent skaters:
While it was mostly a full squad on the ice in Brighton, there were a couple of notable omissions — headlined by a pair of top-six wingers in David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase.
No need to sound the alarm, however. Speaking on Sunday, Don Sweeney noted that a few skaters would likely be missing in order to meet international quarantine protocols. As such, it isn’t much of a surprise that both Pastrnak and Kase, who both spent a large portion of the NHL’s shutdown in Europe, were both MIA.
Along with Pastrnak and Kase, Bruins assistant coach Kevin Dean and players Trent Frederic, Anton Blidh, Dan Vladar and Urho Vaakanainen were not present for the opening skate on Monday morning, although Cassidy did note that a few skaters would be back on the ice later on Monday.
"I think with Kase and Pasta, we talked about — because of the timing of when they got here — they have to have enough tests,” Cassidy said. “The rest of the guys — they are some guys going out in a later group, simply because of numbers. And the other guys just aren't able to be here, so I would expect a few more will join us tomorrow and then we'll go from there."
As such, don’t put too much stock into Monday’s lines:
This should be a given at this point, but putting a ton of stock into line combinations during the first few days of camp is a fruitless venture.
Still, here’s a look at what the B’s rolled with on Monday morning:
Marchand – Bergeron – Kuhlman
DeBrusk – Krejci – Bjork
Ritchie – Coyle – Kuraly
Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner
Carey – Studnicka – Senyshyn
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Lauzon
Moore – Clifton
Obviously, with both Pastrnak and Kase not practicing, these lines are subject to change in a hurry, although the promotion of Kuraly on the third line does raise a few eyebrows — as the speedy forward was slotted in next to Coyle during Boston’s last regular-season game on March 10.