The Boston Bruins are back in action tomorrow night against the Winnipeg Jets, and have made several roster moves in preparation. First of all, the team has placed Tuukka Rask on injured reserve retroactive to January 19th with a concussion and recalled Zane McIntyre to take his place in net. Rask suffered the concussion against the New York Rangers and will not play in tomorrow night’s game. The team has also recalled Peter Cehlarik and Trent Frederic while assigning Ryan Donato and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson to the Providence Bruins.
The most interesting name in that bunch is Frederic, who was practicing as the third-line center today and would be making his NHL debut. The 20-year old forward was an extremely divisive pick when selected 29th overall in 2016, given that he was ranked well outside the first round by almost every scouting service. NHL Central Scouting had him as the 47th best North American skater for instance, but the Bruins felt as though he was a surefire NHL player despite his relatively low ceiling. After finding great success at the University of Wisconsin, Frederic has continued his development at the AHL level where he has 17 points in 37 games this season.
Recalling the responsible two-way center is as much about his progress as it is about the Bruins deadline plans, as they need to find out what they have in their system before reaching for a rental to help them down the stretch. If Frederic can step in and play reasonably well, perhaps the team doesn’t need to go out and spend big on an addition. It also gives them more information for the summer when they’ll have to figure out how to move forward with their current aging forward core. Frederic might not be up for long, but these are important games to see what he can provide.