Boston Bruins

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JUNE 03: Craig Smith #12 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal at 5:52 of the first period against the New York Islanders in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on June 03, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins are just 24 hours away from the true start of their 2021-22 season.

Once the Bruins get through Wednesday’s off-ice testing, the Bruins will take their first official steps on the ice for a two-session Thursday that will mark the official start of their 2021 training camp. From there, the Bruins will embark on a six-game preseason slate, and with the training camp roster whittled down throughout the month.

For the Bruins, this is perhaps the most crowded NHL grouping we’ve seen in the Don Sweeney era, with almost no openings for the organization’s younger talents after an offseason that included five Day 1 signings with a direct impact on the NHL team.

But before things shake out, why not take one (mostly) blind stab at what the Bruins could look like on Oct. 16?

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