Alex Khokhlachev gets first crack at replacing injured forward David Pastrnak when the Boston Bruins host the Dallas Stars tonight at TD Garden. The team announced today that it is recalling the Providence Bruins’ top scorer for a much-anticipated matchup featuring former Bruin Tyler Seguin.
The 22-year-old second-round pick in 2011 has gotten off to a fine offensive start in Providence, so the move comes as no surprise. He began the season on the right wing, but moved back to center when Austin Czarnik was knocked out of the lineup.
If Claude Julien slots him into Pastrnak’s spot on the right side David Krejci line with Loui Eriksson, then this will be a good opportunity to play and produce with some quality linemates.
Here are excerpts from the Bruins press release announcing his recall:
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, November 3, that the club has recalled Alex Khokhlachev from Providence (American Hockey League). Khokhlachev will join Boston for Tuesday’s morning skate and be eligible for Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden.
Khokhlachev has appeared in four games for Boston from 2014 to 2015, including his NHL debut on April 13, 2014 against the Devils in New Jersey.
The 22-year-old has skated in 10 games for Providence thus far this season, registering four goals (third on the team) and nine assists (tied for first in the AHL) for 13 points (tied for first in the AHL).
At the AHL level, Khokhlachev has appeared in 147 career games accruing 42-74=116 totals.
Pastrnak was not at his best in Sunday’s win against Tampa Bay after taking a hard shot off the foot in last week’s Bruins victory at home against Arizona.