Vatrano was suspiciously missing from the first day of training camp yesterday, and reports were vague on his status. Somehow, in his training up until now he has torn several ligaments in his left foot and will undergo surgery with Dr. George Theodore on Monday.
After lighting the AHL on fire with 36 goals in 36 games last season, Vatrano came up to the NHL club and posted a respectable 11 points in his first 39 games. While he couldn’t replicate the unbelievable pace he set in the minors, he did prove that he can play at the NHL level and contribute offensively in limited minutes.
Undrafted out of the US development program, Vatrano is a wonderful example of players working hard to continue their dream of playing professional hockey. After playing at UMass-Amherst for just a single season (plus one game), the Bruins signed the 5’10”, 215 lbs forward to little fanfare. In the 80 professional games since, he’s scored 45 goals and tallied 67 points.