Another young player wanting to make an impact with the Boston Bruins come training camp is Trent Frederic. Frederic is currently on the road touring the cities of New England with the Bruins and feels he is ready to take the next steps in development and make the team full time.
“My goal is to make the team out of camp obviously,” Frederic told Boston Hockey Now this past Sunday during the Bruins Fan Fest Tour in Burlington, VT. “I feel great. I think I’ve had a great summer of training. I think I have the ability to play and do well in the NHL. Just excited to play hockey now.”
Just like Zach Senyshyn, who wants to make the Bruins this season, Frederic got that feeling of playing with the big club last season. He is hoping all the off-season training he put in over the summer getting lean will help him make the team once camp breaks for the season at the beginning of October.
“This summer my was goal was to slim down a little bit,” Frederic added. “Not necessary loose weight, but get in better shape conditioning-wise. I think I did that. I am excited to start skating again and getting in games.”
The Bruins selected Frederic 29th overall in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft and decided to take the college route. He spent two seasons playing with the University of Wisconsin before he was lucky enough to get called up to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Frederic appeared in 15 games with the Bruins last season and was a “Black Ace” during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. One of the players he got to be around was Brad Marchand. Sitting next to Marchand every day, Frederic was able to gain the knowledge he needs to succeed with the Bruins come training camp.
“Marchand is one of those players who thinks the game well,” Frederic said.
An advantage that Frederic has going for him is the transition from playing college hockey to the AHL and now to the NHL where he learned a lot that can help him make the Bruins this year.
“College hockey helped me a lot from making the jump from college to the AHL so that was a nice transition. Still a lot tougher. I learned a lot that year,” Frederic said. “Then playing in the American League first half of the year I went through a lot some ups and downs. I got lucky enough to get up at the end of January. It was a dream come true. Everything came at me fast and I had a great time. I think I learned a lot so that helps this year.”
The Bruins training camp opens September 13th, but Frederic could see action in this year’s prospects challenge in Buffalo September 6th-9th.