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Bruins prospect Warsofsky aims to force his way into NHL

Jul 28, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

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David Warsofsky played in six games with the Boston Bruins in 2013-14 and the 24-year-old defenseman hopes to spend a lot more time than that with the club next season.

“I think it gave me that confidence. When I did go back to (AHL) Providence, I kind of had that little chip on my shoulder, like I wanted to get back to the NHL,” Warsofsky told CSN New England.

After signing a one-year, two-way contract over the summer, he sees the coming campaign as an important one for him in his quest to earn a regular spot with Boston. He’s been good enough in the AHL to warrant the Bruins attention, but the bigger issue right now is the team’s defensive logjam.

Right now Boston has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts, but that doesn’t include Dougie Hamilton or restricted free agent Torey Krug, which means that there’s no clear opening for Warsofsky as the team is currently structured. That being said, the Bruins are currently in a bit of tough spot from a cap perspective and that might lead to them trading a blueliner.

If a trade or injury creates an opening, Warsofsky would be the most likely candidate to fill the void given that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has previously called him one of the team’s nine NHL defensemen.

  1. Moop - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Warsofsky or Bartkowski should be traded; no way do the Bruins need three defensemen playing NHL time that aren’t reliable in their own zone. Waiting for Chiarelli to do just about anything this summer is agonizing.

    • nunan - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      There is little need to do anything right now. Stop waiting and your problems are solved!

    • topshelf37 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Who would be the third? I completely agree Bart had some issues come playoff time with turnovers in his own zone, but he was a very solid D-man for the B’s all regular season. I think you are generalizing that puck-moving D-men cause turnovers and that is not the case.

  2. spitfisher - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    The have a few defense men now, just wait till later, they’ll need him

  3. titansbro - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    yeah, at this point there is no rush to trade anyone. they are close to the cap, but there isn’t anyone out there worth signing right now. come the deadline, some team is gonna be desperate for a good young defense-man, then they strike.

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