The rookie defenseman came off a good summer training camp to start for the Bruins as they kicked off their NHL season against the Winnipeg Jets, but the 25-year-old's minus-2 performance in the Jets' 6-2 win has seen him scratched ever since.
“I just do my conditioning skates, get my practices in and try to stay sharp while working on anything I need to improve on,” said Trotman, who partnered Zdeno Chara on the Boston blue line towards the end of last season.
“It’s another way for me to grow. I look at practices as a way to get better, and to really focus on my game. You take every practice like it’s a game, be ready to play and stay positive in the locker room.”
The Bruins started the season with three consecutive defeats, but have improved to take points from their last four, a run which has included three wins.
The winning hockey produced in his absence hasn't done much for Trotman’s chances of a recall, but he believes he can still make his case and improve without NHL game time.
“I’m not going to go around being a sob story,” he added. “I can look at the way the veterans practice, and tell how I need to take things.
“I’m itching for that chance whenever that comes. You’re happy when the team is winning, but it’s obviously something you want to be a part of.
“You want to be a part of the process. Right now my job is competing in practice and making guys better that way. You do whatever you can, however you can.”