Boston Bruins prospects Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn got a bit of a wake-up call Thursday.
The trio of first-round picks from this year's draft took part in the team's conditioning test at Boston's rookie camp. According to Comcast Sportsnet's Joe Haggerty, all three of them failed the exam.
Haggerty explained how the test worked:
The test consists of a series of six back-and-forth 300 meter sprints with three minutes of rest in between each run, and all of them must be completed in under one minute’s time.
The rookies had previously failed to pass the same conditioning test back in July. This time DeBrusk came the closest to passing, finishing his final run at the exact one minute mark - meaning a failing grade.
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney remarked that the players need to take the test as a reminder that they will now be treated as professionals.
"There’s still an educational process (here). These are young kids, and they need to understand they are now being evaluated as pros," said Sweeney. "They have to compare themselves against the pros and the established guys. If you don’t realize that there’s some work to be done then that will be pointed out.
"Really it’s about going forward for each and every one of them. Some guys will return to their junior teams with the expectation next year that they have to pass. We expect them to pass. They’ll have to do some work as a result of it. But it’s still an educational process as far as their personal growth."
The test was completed on a wet turf surface that created slippery conditions, a possible reason for the lost time.
Despite their failing grades, all three players will still participate in the club's upcoming rookie tournament.
- With h/t to ProHockeyTalk