WILMINGTON – Bruins development camp kicked off Tuesday with two sessions at Ristuccia Arena, a nod to the 37 players attending, including the crop of 10 picks from last month’s draft.
“We’re just trying to kind of get these guys to realize what we expect as an organization,” said development coach Jay Pandolfo. “Show them what it’s like to be a Bruin and what kind of culture we have here. We’ve got a lot of prospects, probably more than we originally thought we were going to have, so it takes a little more time having this many guys.
“But the biggest thing for these guys is just kind of trying to understand every day what it takes to be a pro, whether it’s stuff on the ice, off the ice — they’re doing a nutrition meeting now — just those little things, that’s going to make the difference for these guys.”
Goaltender Zane McIntyre was the veteran of the group, returning for his sixth development camp after signing with the Bruins this summer. McIntyre is expected to be in Providence this season, though he could compete for the backup job behind Tuukka Rask.
“Zane’s real relaxed,” Pandolfo said. “He’s been here five times. And he’s ready, he’s ready to make the next step. You can just tell he’s excited. He just talks about getting better every day, that’s what he wants to do.”
There was one notable absence, with 27-year-old veteran Finnish player Joonas Kemppainen sidelined because of a hamstring injury. Kemppainen is at development camp mostly to get acclimated to Boston and the team, given that he’s in a different situation than most of the inexperienced draft picks and college players that generally populate development camp. Pandolfo said that there was a chance Kemppainen could take the ice later in the week.