The Bruins have made a bulk of their training camp cuts with one final preseason game left on the schedule this weekend ahead of next week’s start to the NHL regular season.
Young players Ryan Fitzgerald, Kyle Keyser, Joona Koppanen, Jeremy Lauzon, Zach Senyshyn, Pavel Shen, Oskar Steen, Urho Vaakanainen and Robert Lantosi have all been cut from training camp and assigned to Providence. Paul Carey, Brendan Gaunce and Alex Petrovic have also been waived as of noontime on Thursday with the intent that all three players will report to P-Bruins camp as well. Petrovic was signed to a one-year, two-way deal for $700,000 after coming to Boston training camp on a professional tryout and will obviously start the year in Providence with the Bruins well-stocked on the back end.
The 27-year-old Petrovic has played in 263 NHL games for the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers over the course of his career, and had his best season in 2015-16 when he posted two goals and 17 points in 66 games.
The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder plays a rugged, physical style of defense and certainly will provide some depth insurance while he’s in the AHL. But the Bruins are currently running seven D-men deep on the NHL roster and still also have Kevan Miller and John Moore recuperating from injuries to start the season.
So a great many bad things would probably need to happen for Petrovic to get a sniff of the NHL level anytime soon.
The cuts leave the Bruins with bubble players Anders Bjork, Jack Studnicka, Trent Frederic, Peter Cehlarik and Jakub Zboril still competing for roster spots, and veterans David Backes and Steve Kampfer looking secure in protecting their spots on Boston’s roster. Bjork probably has the strongest chance of cracking the NHL roster to start the season given current injuries to David Krejci and Joakim Nordstrom, but their presence indicates just how strong each of those young players has performed at this fall’s B’s training camp.
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