ORIGINAL STORY: BRIGHTON, Mass – It isn’t likely to be anything serious given the circumstances, but 20-year-old Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy was missing from the B’s practice ice on Monday morning during the team’s skate at Warrior Ice Arena.
After practice, Bruce Cassidy indicated that McAvoy was missing to attend “a doctor’s appointment” that had been scheduled for some time. Interestingly enough, the Bruins head coach didn’t rule out McAvoy potentially missing Tuesday’s night game in relation to the visit to the doctor’s office.
McAvoy logged 23:56 of ice time in Saturday night’s win over the Montreal Canadiens and looked perfectly healthy before, during and after the game. But the youngster was missing from practice on Monday after the Bruins hadn’t skated at all in two of the previous three days, including Sunday when McAvoy attended the Patriots/Jaguars game with a number of his teammates.
A few missed games or missed practices here or there wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world as the B’s attempt to manage McAvoy’s time on ice with 45 games played this season, a total of two less than the young man played all of last season for Boston University, the World Junior tournament, Providence and Boston. The B’s are well aware of the possibility of McAvoy hitting the “rookie wall” in the second half, so there may be times when his workload his lessened a little bit around games even if that isn’t the case on Monday.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Monday’s practice for the Bruins: