By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. — At the start of every hockey season, there usually are one or two players who go above and beyond what is expected of them during training camp.
There already have been three standout performers for the Boston Bruins thus far, and at least two of them are getting serious consideration by general manager Peter Chiarelli and first-year coach Claude Julien.
Forward Pascal Pelletier, who played in the ECHL in each of his first two professional seasons, and rookie defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk and Matt Hunwick have opened some eyes since camp opened a week ago. Pelletier has quickly put himself in a good spot to possibly earn a Bruins sweater by showcasing his determination.
“He’s been good,” said Julien. “Actually, he’s been very good. I’ve really liked his work ethic and his dedication. He’s been working hard at all the things we’ve been talking about. He’s had a really good camp. He’s even probably above what was expected of him. He’s one of those guys who is a high-energy guy. He’ll give you the type of energy your team needs at times. He’s gritty and he gets his nose dirty.”
During the team’s scrimmages, he’s been making good decisions with the puck, according to Julien, and some of Pelletier’s teammates have been impressed with his play.
“He’s playing good and he’s playing with confidence,” said Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron, who also works out with Pelletier during the offseason. “He’s a guy who works hard, has a strong work ethic, and so far he’s been great.”