By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins trimmed their training camp roster by five Monday, placing Anton Blidh, Paul Carey, Steven Kampfer, Greg McKegg, and Zach Senyshyn on waivers.
The moves came just mere moments after Monday’s session at Warrior Ice Arena, and with Senyshyn, the No. 15 overall pick from the 2015 NHL Draft, headlining the list.
Used sparingly in training camp, the 23-year-old Senyshyn hits the waiver wire after totaling one goal and three points in six NHL games over two seasons. The Ottawa, Ont. native has spent the bulk of his pro career with the P-Bruins, where he’s scored 33 goals and 66 points in 174 games over three seasons of work.
Senyshyn remains an interesting project for the Bruins in the sense that they’re still trying to figure out exactly what he can do as a pro, projecting from scorer to bottom-sixer to energy presence.
“Seny was starting to score, was getting to the dirty areas,” P-Bruins head coach Jay Leach said last May. “He was finding an identity. I think we all would somewhat speculate that was his identity: Being a big guy that could get to places quick and get to the front of the net. It just seemed like he was starting to put it together.
“What did I see? I saw speed, I saw a willingness to get to the net, I saw a willingness to be an F1 on the forecheck. And with that came some offensive opportunities and he started to cash in a bit.”
Now, 30 other teams will have their chance to take a flier on Senyshyn.
Blidh hits waivers after missing all of training camp, while Carey, Kampfer, and McKegg were veteran depth options that have skated on team’s fifth and six lines (or fifth defensive pairing in the case of Kampfer) throughout Boston’s accelerated training camp.
Assuming that they are not claimed off waivers, this group of five looks like it’ll be the Bruins’ taxi squad roster out of the gate this season, with Senyshyn and Blidh projected to be the group’s younger options behind the aforementioned veteran options up front and on the backend.
The Bruins will begin their season with a Jan. 14 road head-to-head against the Devils.