The Boston Bruins have announced their 2021 training camp roster, and there were no surprise additions to the group.
The Bruins announced a roster that included 36 skaters (24 forwards, 12 defensemen) and five goaltenders, didn’t have a single professional tryout invite and actually kept shifty winger Jakub Lauko off the training camp roster. The 20-year-old Lauko has been playing in the Czech Republic this season where he’s posted five goals and nine points in 20 games, and it appears as if the Bruins are going to keep him over in Europe for the abbreviated NHL season.
There were reports prior to Christmas that Lauko would be kept in Europe for consistent playing time and a more streamlined development, and that appears to be exactly what’s happening with the former third round pick.
Beyond that the Boston Bruins roster is exactly as expected with the players expected to take the ice on Monday for a pair of practice sessions at Warrior Ice Arena. Here’s the training camp group:
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Paul Carey, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Filipe, Trent Frederic, Cameron Hughes, Ondrej Kase, David Krejci, Karson Kuhlman, Sean Kuraly, Robert Lantosi, Par Lindholm, Brad Marchand, Greg McKegg, David Pastrnak, Nick Ritchie, Zach Senyshyn, Craig Smith, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner
Defensemen: Jack Ahcan, Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Urho Vaakanainen, Nick Wolff, Jakub Zboril
Goaltenders: Callum Booth, Jaroslav Halak, Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Swayman, Dan Vladar.
There was some talk of one or two veteran defensemen, like Karl Alzner, Sami Vatanen or Ben Hutton, getting some kind of invite to Bruins training camp, but as of now that hasn’t happened with a B’s defensemen group that’s already got eight NHL contracts (Carlo, Clifton, Grzelcyk, Lauzon, McAvoy, Miller, Moore and Zboril) along with a top prospect in Vaakanainen that could also factor into the NHL mix. It doesn’t preclude the Bruins bringing in a veteran defensemen at some point, but it looks like for now the B’s coaching staff is going to take a look at what they’ve got on a very young B’s back end.