The Boston Bruins made some news a few hours before they take the ice to battle the Montreal Canadiens. The club has assigned forward Jack Studnicka to AHL Providence. In addition to Studnicka’s assignment, veteran defenseman John Moore was assigned to Providence on a conditioning stint. Both are expected to play this afternoon when the Bruins take on Charlotte, the defending Calder Cup Champions.
Studnicka made his NHL debut and recorded his first NHL point in the team’s 8-1 win at Montreal last Tuesday. He leads AHL Providence in scoring with 18 points (9 g, 9 a) in 21 games this season, his rookie pro season.
Moore, meanwhile, has yet to be appear in a game this season due to an upper-body injury. The veteran defenseman recorded 13 points (4 g, 9 a) in 61 games with Boston in 2018-19. It was his first year with the club after signing as a free agent on July 1st, 2018. The nine-year veteran has appeared in 508 NHL games, totaling 36 goals and 76 assists for 112 points. He is in the second year of a five-year contract.
Moore has missed time with a a shoulder injury that he played through during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He required surgery after the playoffs, which has kept him out of the lineup.
Moore nearing a return will force the hand of GM Don Sweeney to eventually make a move and some more Bruins news. The Bruins are also awaiting the return of veteran Kevan Miller. They will need to clear both roster space and cap space to accommodate the pair of defensemen.