Local kid Warsofsky set to make debut with Bruins

Local kid Warsofsky set to make debut with Bruins
December 19, 2013, 1:15 pm
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It’s always something a little extra special when a local kid makes his NHL debut with the Bruins, and that will happen tonight in Buffalo when Marshfield, Mass. native David Warsofsky suits up in a Black and Gold sweater.

The 23-year-old former Boston University standout has put in three AHL seasons with the Providence Bruins, and proved his willingness to withstand the pro hockey battle at 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds. He’s steady improved in his time with the P-Bruins, and was off to the best start of his pro hockey career with two goals and 16 points in 26 games along with a plus-10 for Providence.

With emergency recall Kevan Miller being forced back to the AHL before he hits the 10-game mark where he’d need to clear through waivers in order to eventually be sent back to Providence, its Warsofsky’s turn to show his stuff.

“It’s kind of a cold, business decision, but [Miller] understood,” said Bruins general manager. “Warsofsky has played very well. He’s a little undersized, but he’s a very good skater and he moves the puck well. He’s having a very good year.

“He got dinged up a little bit on Friday, but he’s good to go.”

The insertion of Warsofsky in place of Miller certainly takes some of the size and strength away from the B’s defensemen corps, but it also makes them quicker in transition, and more apt to strike offensively. That could be a big bonus against a mistake-prone Buffalo defensemen corps.

“Miller is up and he’s cut in the mold of Adam McQuaid with size, strength and a right-handed shot,” said Chiarelli. “Now you have a guy that’s cut a little more in the mold of Torey Krug, so you go from one extreme to the other. But they all play the same defensive zone coverage in Providence, so you see a pretty seamless transition at this level. I would expect the same from Warsofsky.”

One other thing to expect: the puck-moving defenseman’s adrenaline will be sky high wearing the hockey sweater he grew up cheering for on the South Shore of Boston.