After a long offseason, a stronger Matthew Poitras is ready to stake claim on Bruins’ roster as he..

Even though he’s still one of the youngest players at Boston’s development camp, Poitras has a leg up on the rest of his teammates in that he’s already established himself as a promising contributor at hockey’s highest level.


But after spending most of the spring on the mend following season-ending surgery in February, Boston’s top prospect isn’t planning on going through the motions during the team’s four-day camp.


“I’m just trying to come in and still do my thing,” Poitras said. “I’m a bit older. It’s my third camp now. So try and lead and just make sure our standard is being held up. Just try and be there for everybody.”


Beyond trying to set the tone for the rest of Boston’s latest crop of prospects, Poitras is focused on making this summer a proper springboard into what could be a fruitful 2024-25 campaign with the Bruins.


Despite going under the knife in February to correct his ailing shoulder, Poitras was a full participant in Monday’s skate at Warrior — showing no restrictions when it came to snapping pucks into twine.


“I feel good, no pain or anything. … Obviously, you don’t want to rush things,” Poitras said of his shoulder. “It’s still the start of July and we’ve got two more months until camp starts, so no need to rush anything.

Poitras’ playmaking poise and vision allowed him to shatter his previous developmental timeline last October — dodging an assignment back to junior hockey after showcasing his talents during preseason play and Boston’s first nine regular-season matchups.


For an extended stretch of October and November, Poitras was seemingly primed to make a legitimate run at a top-six spot — scoring 13 points in his first 27 games while averaging 14:06 of ice time per contest.

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