Bruins rookie Sean Kuraly was able to make his NHL debut on Thursday night in Tampa Bay after spending a few days with the big club.
It was a short-lived stint, however, as the former Miami University standout was shipped back to Providence on Friday ahead of Boston’s Saturday night showdown with the New York Rangers at TD Garden. It’s a sign that Kuraly probably isn’t quite ready to make an impact at the NHL level after largely flying under the radar in 7:07 of ice time in the Bruins 4-3 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.
But it’s also an indicator that the Bruins might also be expecting a return to the lineup for David Backes sooner rather than later after he began skating on his own a couple of days ago. The former fifth round pick of the San Jose Sharks acquired by the Bruins in the Martin Jones deal, Kuraly served his purpose as a viable, big-bodied option for the Bruins when they wanted to send a message by scratching a slumping Matt Beleskey against the Bolts.
Now, Kuraly will go back to the AHL where he’d posted an assist and nine penalty minutes in his first eight career professional games with the P-Bruins. Kuraly is the sixth player to make their NHL debut this season with the Bruins, and the regular season isn’t even a month old as the youth movement is in full swing for the Black and Gold.