Around 40 roster hopefuls hit the Affinity Place Monday morning for the start of Estevan Bruins training camp.

Five intrasquad games are taking place during the three-day camp as the club looks at which players to keep past Wednesday.

"We just want to see players that can play at this level, and players that will compete for spots," said Bruins head coach and general manager Jason Tatarnic. "That's our biggest thing."

Tatarnic, who is entering his fourth season with the Bruins, said some players are away at major junior camps. But most were here last week helping with the Bruins' kids camp.

"It's just a great experience for those players, and it allowed our players to meet each other and get familiar and get in the weight room and do some training."

The first intrasquad game was at 10 a.m. Monday. The second is Monday night at 8:30. Tuesday's are at 9 a.m. and 7:45 p.m., before things wrap up with a 10:30 a.m. tilt Wednesday.

Tatarnic said he doesn't have a certain number in mind for how many players the team will keep after Wednesday.

"We'll just keep the kids that could play at this level possibly, and we'll go from there... We'll let the players dictate who stays and who goes."

He added that the bigger test will be the preseason schedule, which kicks off against the visiting Weyburn Red Wings on September 8.

"You never know until they play against another team, how high their compete is and how good their skill is. So we're excited to see them in exhibition games."