Rookie camp got off to a rocky start for a trio of high-profile Bruins on Thursday.
Jakub Zboril (left in photo above), Jake DeBrusk (right) and Zach Senyshyn (center), the 13th, 14th and 15th picks in the 2015 draft, respectively, failed the team’s conditioning test.
As part of the test, the players were required to run 300 meters in less than a minute three times, with three minutes of rest between reps. None of the three met the standard. DeBrusk said he failed because his final rep was timed at exactly one minute. "It was tough out there because we were on turf, and it was raining outside today," he said. "So sometimes you were slipping and falling out there. That cuts down a couple of seconds, but I was right there.”
No word out of the camp on exactly how the others fared, but Senyshyn's flop is a bit of a shock considering his ridiculous legs.
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was understandably displeased by what he saw as a lack of preparation from the team's prized prospects.
“To me, it's a test you can train for, and that's probably the most indicative thing,” Sweeney told WEEI. “If you put in the work in that situation, you may not be the best runner, the most graceful person, but if you put the work in, you should be able to come out the other side with positive results. We’ll have some guys who will have some supplemental work because of that.”
Sweeney said the trio will still represent the B's in Buffalo at the Prospects Challenge. They might want to get plenty of sleep while they're there, though. That whole "supplemental work" thing doesn't bode well for their return to Boston.