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Boston Bruins Call Up Red-Hot Oskar Steen From AHL

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It’s no secret that the Boston Bruins are experiencing some serious issues with offensive production from their middle-6 forward group. With that in mind, the Boston Bruins have called Oskar Steen up from Providence for Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center after an impressive stretch of AHL performances for the Providence Bruins.

The 25-year-old Steen has five goals and 10 points in seven games for the P-Bruins this season as their leading scorer and put up an assist in the only game he played at the NHL level with the Black and Gold this season. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound Steen clearly brings offense to the table as evidenced by the numbers he’s posted since coming over from Sweden, but he also brings a little sandpaper and grit that makes him a pretty good fit for a bottom-6 role as well.

It remains to be seen who Steen might replace in the lineup, but there are definitely a few candidates at this point. Erik Haula has one assist and a minus-4 rating in 11 games to start the season and has been an offensive disappointment after a promising start to his Boston Bruins career during the preseason.

Jake DeBrusk scored a couple goals early in the season but hasn’t done anything since while also posting a minus-4 this season and really proving to be a defensive weak link in Thursday night’s 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

It could also be that Steen is insurance in case players like Craig Smith or Nick Foligno are still banged up from previous injuries they’ve returned from, but it seems much more likely that he’s being brought up to play and potentially bring a spark. Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy weighed the chances of calling somebody up from Providence after Friday’s practice, but clearly before they made the decision to call somebody up.

“I still think the guys here have had success in this league, like Craig Smith for example. He’s a guy that typically is going to put up his numbers. He’s been playing through some injuries, and he’s been off-net with some of his shots because I think he’s pressing…he wants to score a goal so bad that he’s been trying to squeeze it through rather than forcing the goalie to stop it,” said Cassidy. “There’s a little bit of that. Some of it is newness for certain guys, but we are in mid-November. So I can’t use that as a crutch all the time and neither should they.

“But it is a reality. It’s not like our top line, who have been together for years. So I certainly believe those guys will come around, but how they come around is our job now. That’s what we’re trying to do is encourage them to put it on net, go for 2-for-1’s and create a rebound situation for a goal when they’re not going in otherwise. As for Providence, we’ve had Jack [Studnicka] up here and he hasn’t proven that he can score on a regular level for a second or third line player. Maybe given the opportunity he could do that. Steen has scored a little bit down [in the AHL] but hasn’t done it here [at the NHL]. I think there’s guys down [in Providence] that potentially could be [up for it], but are they automatics? No. I think the guys that are here are, they just need to start getting it done.”

Clearly, the Bruins had more discussion about this following this morning’s practice and now it looks like Steen will get another crack to light a fire with second and third line forwards not doing much of anything lately.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Kevin

BB lost Jay Pandolfo/ John Ferguson Jr. from the mgmt side. Sweeney’s band – aid approach is questionable, but, deserves to XMAS. Sweeney can be reassigned and Ferguson re-hired as GM. McAvoy/Pastrnak/ Marchand only untouchables…maybe Swayman, too.

Is Cassidy going to want to stay through a rebuild?

Rick W Murray

Sweeney needs to be fired 2015 draft, worst free agent signings in the nhl I thought Ullmark might be a keeper from the rest of the motley crew but, he stinks too there’s no more afterthought about it Ullmark is not a good nhl goalie. Oscar Steen is a temporary band aide he’s been hot in the ahl, nhl is a different story every time they bring up one of their so called prospects they never ever do anything the list is endless the hapless senysyn, Studnicka, the completely useless Anton Blidh. When Rask comes back send Ullmark packing, Swayman… Read more »

Park

Smith sucks too.

Steve

This current team needs a SHAKEUP! Middle six are all minus players currently… No consistent effort… Try this.. (Marchant-Bergeron-Smith).. Smith needs to get going; who better to jump start him than those two guys. (Hall-Foligno-Pasta).. Same thing for Hall for that matter.. (Frederic-Steen-Coyle).. Heavy on the boards.. See what Steen can do.. (Blidh-Nosek-Lazar)-(+/-: 0-+1-0).. defensive-checking line.. worked last game! As far as defense goes… its a mess! (Haula and DeBrusk need to sit, watch and learn).

Park

Smith us a 3rd liner at best.

Fred

Sweeney should be fired. He has done nothing to address the lack of size and toughness or improve the defense. The McAvoy contract is a joke. He’s better than any of the other defensemen on the roster but he will never be Hedman, Fox, Makar or a true elite defenseman. He has no finish to his game and gets knocked on his ass as often as he knocks other people on theirs. In the first 4 seasons of his career he had 24 goals and 98 assists. By comparison Ray Bourque had 83 goals and 177 assists. I know, it… Read more »

Kevin

If Cam Neely is not on board with a re-build. Zdeno Chara will make a fine Bruins President. Chara needs to return in a prominent role.

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