Senyshyn, Debrusk Impress at Bruins Development Camp


Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney shocked the hockey world back in June when he drafted the unknown Zachary Senyshyn with the 15th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft. Many questioned what possessed to him to make with such a high pick, but critics were pleasantly surprised this past week after Senyshyn showcased an array of brilliant hockey skills at development camp.

The winger was pegged as a second-round pick at best, having last skated with Sault Ste Marie. In a scrimmage among the club’s prospects Friday, the youngster looked every bit worth that high selection. With that said, Sweeney appears to have snagged a possible gem in Senyshyn.

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In 4-on-4 play, Senyshyn led his team to an 8-4 victory, totaling three points. His blazing speed helped create an array of scoring chances, but it was the chances he finished himself that impressed the most. With all eyes on him, the 18-year-old scored two goals and tallied an assist.

“The Bruins showed a lot of belief in my abilities, and I have a lot of belief in my own abilities. It was nice to see their belief in me, and I wanted to show them that they did right by taking me in that spot,” Senyshyn said following the contest.

Senyshyn wasn’t the only shiny new toy of Sweeney’s who wowed the spectators. On Friday, Jake DeBrusk took a page out of Patrick Kane‘s playbook. Debrusk, in a shootout drill, skated in and potted a dazzling, between-the-legs goal.

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And equally impressive, DeBrusk beat the highly-regarded Zane McIntyre on the shot. McIntyre, out of the University of North Dakota, finished second in NCAA player of the year voting last season. The Bruins signed him after he decided to leave North Dakota after his junior season.

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The Bruins drafted DeBrusk with the 13th overall pick in the first round in June. His father Louie spent several seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Edmonton Oilers.

While these prospects have a long road ahead in terms of preparing themselves for the NHL, Sweeney should certainly be encouraged by what he saw and excited for the future of the Bruins.