The atmosphere in Providence’s training camp this season appeared much more relaxed than last year. Many of the returning players were without the burden that comes along with not knowing any of your teammates or what to expect, and it seemed that some of that may have rubbed off on the rookies. There are currently 15 Bruins prospects on Providence’s roster, many of them coming off strong training camp performances, and all of them with their sights focused on Boston.
Two new faces from the QMJHL
The Bruins’ top two picks from the 2004 entry draft, David Krejci (63rd overall) and Martins Karsums (64th overall) begin their pro careers in Providence this season. Karsums, a native of Riga, Latvia, played three seasons in the Q with the Moncton Wildcats. After suffering an ankle injury during the 2004-05 season and undergoing surgery the following summer, he was finally able to return to the ice last season, and produced 65 points and 89 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games with Moncton.
“I didn’t play for like nine months, so not to go on the ice, it was hard,” Karsums recalled, and then said of his team’s spectacular playoff run in the 2005-06 season, “It was great. We won the Quebec league, and then we went to the Memorial Cup finals. We lost, but it was a lot of fun, a great experience.”
Karsums signed a contract with Boston over the summer of 2006, and though he attended camp with them for the second time this fall, it was the first time he was able to actively participate.
“It was pretty good,