Before the season came to an abrupt halt, the Bruins made a handful of transactions between themselves and their AHL affiliate in Providence. Time to tell if the call ups were worth it or were they a bust with the big boys.
Bjork was called up from Providence early this season and had stayed with the Boston team since. He played 58 games for the Boston Bruins and 7 for Providence, totaling 12 goals and 15 assists. Bjork spent some time bouncing between the lines or being scratched. The chemistry he, Charlie Coyle and former Bruin, Danton Heinen had was undeniably good. The speed and strength of that line was unreal. He brought scoring outside of the first line which is always a sight to feast our eyes on. Although he has bulked up, his speed has not disappeared from the game.
Final decision: B+
31 games. 2 goals with Boston. 12 PIM as a defenseman, his lack of offensive production isn’t bothersome to me. If I were to get upset about his only having 2 goals I’d have to get on McAvoy for not scoring for 50+ games. Clifton averaged 14 and a half minutes of ice time with his time in Boston and was credited with 90 hits. He also has 33 blocks and 12 takeaways under his belt. The defenseman was a bit too streaky in his effectiveness on defense, which is a little bit of a concern for a defender. Thankfully, he’s young and has time to correct that.
Final grade: C
Kampfer played 10 games with Boston getting on the score sheet twice for 2 assists and 2 PIMs. As with Clifton, I’m not going to harp on his lack of offensive production. He is able to make good body contact but he wasn’t excelling at that this season either after only registering 15 hits in his ten games. An average of 1.5 hits per game.
Final Decision: Bust.
Coming into the season I was excited to see Jeremy Lauzon. In his 19 games in the NHL this season he has 1 goal and 1 assist. The 22-year-old defenseman showed a lot of promise in the NHL as a defender. He had 32 hits and blocked 23 shots in his few games. He does need to work on his puck management as he was on the bad side of 6 giveaways. Another young defenseman who has the time to correct his puck management.
Final grade: C+
John Moore played 24 games with Boston and netted 2 goals and 1 assist. He sat in the sin bin for 11 total minutes. Not the worst for someone who averages 16 minutes of ice time per game. He can make some good body contact when needed, credited with 36 hits. He can block shots decently, but he has a fair amount of turnovers (7). It’s not like Moore is a bad player, he just doesn’t fit with this team. There’s too much depth at defense for him to even try to compete.
Final grade: C
Ritchie can be a heavy presence on the ice with 89 hits in 27 games with the Boston team. He also has 6 points, by way of 2 goals and 4 assists. His contact leaves him a little bit vulnerable for penalities; he sat in the bin of sins for 21 minutes this season. Could his play have been elevated by the addition of his brother, Nick? It’s hard to get consistent footing with the NHL club because there’s so much depth within the core group of forwards.
Final grade: D
-Jess Donahue (@jldx392)
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