Two of Boston's prize prospects -- 19-year-olds Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner -- didn't look a bit out of place at this morning's Providence Bruins practice.
Knight played on a line with Jeremy Reich and Zach Hamill, while Spooner skated with Jamie Arniel and Max Sauve.
"It was definitely a step ahead of what I'm used to, but I thought it went well. My legs were a little heavy but after the first couple of minutes I felt fine,'' '' Knight said afterward.
"It was good. It was a tough practice, really high-paced, but all in all I enjoyed myself,'' said Spooner.
Knight flew into Green Airport in Warwick late Monday afternoon, while Spooner landed in Boston on Monday night.
Knight had dinner Monday night with ex-London teammate Mike Hutchinson.
"He called me right when I got in last night and took me to dinner. He was a great guy about it,'' Knight said.
Knight committed to the University of Michigan several years ago before changing his mind and opting to play major junior. Though he could be playing in the Frozen Four this week, he is comfortable with his decision.
"No regrets at all. I've played for Dale Hunter (in London). He's a great coach and I've learned a lot from him. I respect him a lot,'' Knight said.
"I'm pretty excited. I'm just going to try to play my game and stay relaxed on the ice,'' said Spooner.
Knight and Spooner are here on an amateur tryout agreements. Because their junior seasons are finished, they can play out the season in Providence. Next season, however, both must return to the Ontario Hockey League unless they make the NHL team.
Zach Hamill left a lot of blood on the ice when he took an accidental stick in the nose at the end of practice. When last seen, he was headed off to get stitches.
Alain Goulet and Ryan Donald were sent to Reading of the ECHL. The Royals open the playoffs tonight at home against Cincinnati.
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