Trotman ‘itching’ for Bruins opportunity

Zach Trotman says he is desperate for another chance in the Boston Bruins line-up after paying the price for a poor opening night performance.

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.

Meanwhile, fellow rookie Colin Miller has prospered, leaving Trotman on the outside looking in, but he has vowed to be ready when opportunity knocks.

“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.”