Confident Warsofsky looking forward to a few B's games

Confident Warsofsky looking forward to a few B's games
February 3, 2014, 7:15 pm
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WILMINGTON – David Warsofsky returns for a few more games with the Boston Bruins this week, and will be bringing a whole different confidence level with him.

The 23-year-old South Shore native played progressively higher ice time totals in each of his first four NHL games in mid-December, and finished off the stint with a highlight reel one-man rush beauty in a loss to the Ottawa Senators.

With the Providence Bruins headed on a road trip to St. John’s and Zdeno Chara splitting from the team for his trip to Sochi after practicing on Wednesday, it was the perfect time to get Warsofsky back into the mix with the big club. He’s certainly ready for the challenge of playing against the St. Louis Blues team that drafted him and traded his rights to Boston, and the Ottawa finale prior to the Olympic.

“I thought I played well in my first call-up, and I just want to keep doing that to prove myself, and prove that I can play in this league everyday,” said Warsofsky. “The first call-up I was worried about the first game, and getting one under my belt. But now since that is out of the way and that I’ve proven I can do a few things in the NHL, there’s definitely more confidence.”

Claude Julien recognized that Warsofsky was playing with greater confidence and playmaking zeal with each passing game in Boston, and hopes to see more of the game while cementing his status as a reliable asset should the Bruins have need again in the near future.

“It was important to have him with us, and give him a chance to practice for a bit for once Zee leaves,” said Julien. “You have a player that plays ‘X’ amount of games, and the more games he plays, the more confident he feels. I just felt that the last few games he played with us that he was getting better and better.

“Right now we’re in need of a left defenseman, and when we were in need of a right one it was [Zach] Trotman. This is how we’ve determined guys coming up, but we were certainly really happy with the way he played in that last game in Ottawa. He was carrying the puck around with a lot of confidence, and he was making plays. His whole game was good.”

Clearly Warsofsky will be headed back down to Providence after playing two games as the third left-shot ‘D’ for Boston. But the next two games without Chara and Dennis Seidenberg give all of the young B’s defensemen a chance to show exactly what they can do without the big, strong and established crew around aside from veteran Johnny Boychuk.