Trent Frederic

Bruins call up Trent Frederic, hope move to wing can let him tap into his inner power forward

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Bruins call up Trent Frederic, hope move to wing can let him tap into his inner power forward

BRIGHTON, Mass. — Trent Frederic has largely been a bottom-6 center for the Boston Bruins when he’s received his shots at the NHL level in Boston.

So it will be a little different for the 2016 first-round pick when the 21-year-old Frederic gets back into the B’s lineup on Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs as a physical left winger based on Boston’s need for healthy bodies up front. Frederic skated on the left side with Par Lindholm and Danton Heinen on a makeshift third line at Thursday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.

Frederic has just five points in 15 games for the P-Bruins this season and went scoreless in 15 games with Boston last season while mostly in the middle and admitted he hasn’t exactly hit his stride in the AHL as of yet this year.

“I’ve been playing hard and I’ve been playing well,” said Frederic. “It hasn’t exactly gone my way the whole year, but I keep battling through it and playing hard every game.”

Bruce Cassidy is interested to see if plugging the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder on the wing can free him up for some needed physicality and more offense. Those are a couple things the B’s are certainly a little light on up front with David Backes and Brett Ritchie both injured and out for Friday night’s tilt against the Maple Leafs. 

The move to left wing might be just the thing to allow the big, physical forward to tap into his inner power forward, though he did have a whopping 40 penalty minutes in his 15 AHL games this year. 

“We'll see if that frees him up to go out and be physical and play more his style, just straight-line game instead of overthinking it as a centerman," said Cassidy. "We're not going to bring him up as a left shot and throw him on the right wing, I think that's a little unfair. We're already kind of moving him to begin with to see where he's at."

Certainly the Bruins are getting a good look at their organizational depth with all of these call-ups to Boston this early in the season, and that could help them down the line when it gets closer to potentially dealing some of those young forward assets for more NHL help à la Marcus Johansson last spring. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for Friday's game based on Thursday’s practice:

FORWARD LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Anders Bjork David Krejci Charlie Coyle
Trent Frederic Par Lindholm Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom Sean Kuraly Chris Wagner

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk Brandon Carlo
Urho Vaakanainen Connor Clifton

STARTING GOALIE

Tuukka Rask

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With Zach Senyshyn out for four weeks, Bruins call up Trent Frederic

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With Zach Senyshyn out for four weeks, Bruins call up Trent Frederic

BRIGHTON, Mass. — The Bruins are again digging deeper into their forward reserves as Zach Senyshyn will be out at least four weeks with a suspected knee injury suffered in Tuesday night’s loss to the Florida Panthers.

The 22-year-old Senyshyn had actually played pretty well since his call-up, with two points in four games and had generated some third-line chemistry with Anders Bjork, but that was all wiped away when he was done for the game early in the second period against Florida. With Senyshyn done for at least a month and David Backes, Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie also among the walking wounded up front, the B’s promoted 2016 first-round pick Trent Frederic to Boston for his first stint this season.

The 21-year-old Frederic is off to a bit of a slow start with the P-Bruins this season with five assists in 15 games along with a whopping 40 penalty minutes this year. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Frederic, who has played 15 career NHL games in Boston over the last few seasons, brings some needed size and muscle up front with both Backes and Ritchie currently missing from the lineup, and also gives the Bruins some versatility with his ability to play center or a power forward spot on the wing.

The injury news is par for the course right now for the Black and Gold as they prepare for an important Friday night game against the rival Maple Leafs in Toronto, and are missing some key components from their roster with an assortment of injuries a month into the season.

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Anders Bjork included in Bruins' training camp cuts; Peter Cehlarik waived

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Anders Bjork included in Bruins' training camp cuts; Peter Cehlarik waived

BRIGHTON, Mass. — While young D-man Jakub Zboril is still with the Bruins group as a reward after putting together a strong training camp, the Bruins made the rest of their cuts to the training camp roster ahead of Thursday night’s opener.

Bruins winger Peter Cehlarik was placed on waivers at noontime on Monday, and fellow young forwards Anders Bjork, Trent Frederic, Cameron Hughes and Jack Studnicka as well as goaltender Max Lagace were all sent to AHL training camp in Providence. The 24-year-old Cehlarik had a combined 16 goals and 44 points between Boston and Providence last season and has posted five goals and 10 points in 37 games at the NHL level over the last three seasons.

The decision to waive Cehlarik wasn’t much of a surprise given that players like Par Lindholm and Brett Ritchie were signed to NHL deals, and the Bruins hadn’t shown much of an appetite to demote 35-year-old David Backes after a strong training camp performance. The Cehlarik waiving leaves him open to be claimed by any of the other 30 NHL teams, but he’ll also report to Providence on Tuesday if he clears through the waivers process.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted that some of the young players — particularly Bjork after a strong effort in camp this season — weren’t doing handstands over getting cut in camp, but it really came down to better opportunities for then to develop in the AHL at this point.

“I talked to the players a little bit and the feedback was mostly positive,” said Cassidy, who added that GM Don Sweeney along with player development staffers Jamie Langenbrunner and Chris Kelly did most of the meetings with the training camp cuts. “There are a few guys that are always a bit disappointed, but I thought they had good answers and really self-analyzed well that they didn’t have good enough camps to stick around. If we realize that and they realize that then it’s easier to move forward.”

While the NHL roster is full of mostly returning players from last season’s Stanley Cup Final group, there’s also little doubt that guys like Bjork, Frederic and Zboril — when he’s finally cut — will be up and helping the NHL team at some point this season once injuries hit over the course of the 82-game regular season.

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