After the Boston Bruins clinched home ice advantage last night, the team has recalled a pair of young forwards that can allow some veterans to rest down the stretch. Trent Frederic is back up with the team after playing 13 games earlier in the year, but the bigger news may be the arrival of Zach Senyshyn. This will be the first recall of Senyshyn’s career, though it is unclear if he’ll make his NHL debut in one of the final two games. Both players are up under emergency conditions.
Over the last several years the Bruins have been ridiculed by many other fan bases for their selection of Senyshyn, 15th overall in 2015. The big winger was one of three consecutive picks the Bruins had in that draft, two of which came into this season without a single NHL game under their belt. Though Jakub Zboril (13th overall) got into a pair of games earlier this season, the trio—which also includes Jake DeBrusk—is still compared poorly to the long list of talented players selected directly after them. Notably, Mathew Barzal, Kyle Connor and Thomas Chabot were the next three picks and have quickly become stars in the league.
Still, it is too early to write off Senyshyn altogether. The forward recorded consecutive 40+ goal campaigns in the OHL after his draft and has transitioned into a regular player for the Providence Bruins. With 24 points in 62 games this season he obviously hasn’t taken the step forward offensively that many had hoped, but after turning 22 just a few days ago there is still plenty of time for things to come together.
Frederic meanwhile was another much-derided draft pick the following season, but seemed to quiet his detractors with two solid seasons at the University of Wisconsin. The defensive center has 22 points in 51 games for the Providence Bruins as a rookie this year, and made an impact at the NHL level by dropping the gloves and engaging physically. Unfortunately that 13-game NHL stint earlier in the season resulted in zero points for Frederic, meaning he’s still looking for his first tally with Boston.