Well the Bruins have another name to add to the injury list. Kevan Miller took a shot to the throat the other night and will now be sidelined with a larynx injury.
Miller now joins the clump of Bruins injured defenseman and the Bruins might as well be the Providence Bruins on the blueline. Miller, Chara, McAvoy and Carlo are out and there hasn’t been much of an update on McAvoy lately. The only one close to returning out of that group is Carlo who has a chance to play tomorrow night. The injuries on the back end have put the Bruins in a tough spot with Chara and Miller both out for extended periods of time, young guys like Lauzon and Clifton have seen a lot of opportunity.
Lauzon was a second round pick back in 2015 and has played well at every level leading to the AHL. He looks to be a big part of the Bruins future on defense. So far he’s been seeing about 13 minutes a game on the ice and has showed the ability to stick with the game at the NHL level. With the injuries piled up he’ll see a large chunk of time on the blueline this season.
Clifton is the other young gun on the blueline and will probably become the odd man out once someone returns. Clifton has a gritty element to his game and has played well but is slightly outshined by Lauzon’s skating ability. With all the injuries the Bruins are experiencing Clifton could still play an important roll this season.
Even with injuries the Bruins are finding ways to win and are holding onto a wild card spot for now. With some of their best players on injured reserve the Bruins are hanging in there and that’s all they need to do until the cavalry arrives. Once McAvoy, Chara, Miller and Bergeron return the team will be in much better shape.
In other news, The Bruins also recalled Ryan Donato from Providence. Donato played 10 games down in Providence and notched 5 goals and 4 assists. The Bruins are hoping he found his offense down in the AHL and can translate it to the NHL.
Written By Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)
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