Matt Grzelcyk got a chance to live out his dreams pulling on the Bruins sweater for a couple of games, and playing in front of his friends and family on the TD Garden. It was a deserved taste of the NHL good life after putting in some solid work this season in Providence after four strong years at Boston University, but now the 23-year-old Charlestown, Mass. native will head back to the AHL for some more development in his game.
Grzelcyk skated with the Bruins group at practice on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena while Joe Morrow was missing from the main group with a maintenance day, but Julien said he expects Morrow would be able to play on Sunday if needed. Kevan Miller also returned to practice after missing Thursday’s loss to the Ducks, and is expected to also be ready to jump back into the lineup on Sunday afternoon against the LA Kings.
The B’s third round pick in the 2012 draft went scoreless in his two games suiting up for the Black and Gold, and his ice time dropped below 11 minutes in the loss to a big, strong and physical Ducks bunch on Thursday night. He certainly showed some good puck-moving abilities in his NHL debut in Pittsburgh and looks like he’ll have a future in the NHL as he continues to gain size, strength and technique as an undersized D-man.
Grzelcyk has skated in 25 games with the Providence Bruins this year, posting one goal and 11 assists (second on the team) for 12 points with eight penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating (second on team) during his first taste of the American Hockey League.