Boston Recalls 10 Providence Bruins
April 19, 2012
The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins have recalled 10 Providence Bruins for the NHL playoffs. Defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk, Kevan Miller and David Warsofsky and forwards Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Lane MacDermid, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner and Trent Whitfield will remain and practice in Providence.
Bodnarchuk, 23, enjoyed two recalls to Boston this season, though he did not appear in a game for the Bruins. Bodnarchuk skated in 63 games for Providence this year and tallied a professional career-high 17 points. The defenseman was selected by the Boston Bruins 128th overall in the fifth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Miller finished his rookie season as the P-Bruins' plus/minus leader with a plus-20 rating. The Los Angeles, CA native finished second among team defensemen with 24 points, including 21 assists. Miller, a four-year product of the University of Vermont, registered 30 points (5g, 25a) and 97 PIM in 144 outings for the Catamounts. Miller, undrafted, was signed to an entry level contract by Boston on October 21, 2011.
Warsofsky made his professional debut with Providence last season after completing his junior season at Boston University. The rookie's 29 points (5g, 24a) finished first among P-Bruins' blue liners. In three seasons with the Terriers, Warsofsky had 22 goals and 46 assists for 68 points and 122 PIM in 113 games. The 5'9", 170-lb native of Marshfield, MA was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were acquired by the Bruins on June 26, 2010 from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Vladimir Sobotka.
Camper, an undrafted four-year product of Miami University (Ohio) led the P-Bruins in scoring this year as a rookie with 48 points on 18 goals and 30 assists. The 5'9, 173-pound forward enjoyed his first NHL recall on February 20, made his NHL debut on February 22 and scored his first NHL goal and point on February 25 versus Alex Auld and the Ottawa Senators. Camper was signed by Boston as a free agent on April 7, 2011.
Cunningham, also a first year AHLer, finished as the team's leading goal scorer with 20. Before arriving in Providence, the Trail, BC native split the 2010-11 season between the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) and Vancouver Giants (WHL). In 71 total game, the 21-year-old forward tallied 87 points on 27 goals and 60 assists. The 6'0", 191-pound forward was originally drafted by the Bruins 97th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Hennessy, 27, skated in 69 games and finished second in scoring for Providence this season with 41 points on 19 goals and 22 assists. The Brockton, MA native enjoyed his first recall with Boston on February 13 and skated in three contests for the Bruins, recording two penalty minutes. Hennessy was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After spending time in the San Jose, Chicago and Ottawa organizations, he was signed by Boston as a free agent on July 5, 2011.
MacDermid, recalled by Boston twice this season, appeared in five NHL games and recorded five penalty minutes for the team. In Providence this season, the 6'3" 205-pound forward has four goals and 12 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 69 games. Last year, he recorded seven goals, 12 assists and 158 penalty minutes, which ranked third on the P-Bruins. MacDermid was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (112th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Sauvé was recalled on March 10 to Boston on an emergency basis and made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 11. With Providence this season, the 6'0'', 185-pound Sauvé has 11 goals and 15 assists in 39 games. He played his first full pro season with Providence in the 2010-11 season, ranking second on the team in goals (21) and third overall in the club's scoring race with 21-17=38 totals. Sauvé was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (47th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Spooner joined the P-Bruins for their last five games after the Sarnia Sting were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs. He ended the season in Providence with three points (g, 2a). In a season split between the Kingston Frontenacs and Sarnia, the 5'10", 175-pound forward recorded 66 points in 57 games. The center was originally selected by Boston 45th overall in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and was signed to an entry-level contract by Boston on July 20, 2011.
With Providence this season, the 5'11, 209-pound Whitfield had nine goals and seven assists, combining for 16 total points in 50 games. In the 2010-11 season, Whitfield finished fourth in the P-Bruins scoring race with 18-18=36 totals, despite playing just 45 games after missing the first half of the season due to injury. Whitfield was originally drafted by Boston in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, but did not play in the Boston organization until signing as a free agent in July, 2009.
*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com