More 'confident, assertive' Trotman returns to Bruins

More 'confident, assertive' Trotman returns to Bruins
January 20, 2014, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON – While it wasn’t quite as much of a rush job for 23-year-old Zach Trotman, it still wasn’t the ideal experience that the Bruins hope to call a player up to the NHL for spot duty. With the news that Adam McQuaid was “day-to-day” with a leg injury, the Bruins put in an emergency call to Providence for Trotman for Monday afternoon’s matinee against the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden.

Trotman finished with 13:19 of ice time in 15 shifts and a shot on net along with a couple of hits, and was part of a B’s lineup featuring four rookie defensemen that collected a 3-2 win over the Kings at TD Garden. Trotman played a simple game and played safe, error-free hockey, and that’s all the Bruins were asking for as he continues to find his comfort zone at the NHL level.

“You’ve got to give that guy credit. He gets called up at the last minute and he comes in and has to play. No morning skate again for him [and he’s] just thrown to the wolves,” said Claude Julien. “He’s handled himself well. I think he’s a smart player. He’ll make some good passes and again, this is a heavy game. To me, he handled himself well.”

One of the other big benefits of having the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Trotman in the lineup with his big shot and confident offensive game: it allows the Bruins to move Zdeno Chara back down low on the power play. A Chara screen helped lead to a Torey Krug power play goal in the first period, and Trotman logged 14 seconds of power play time on the second unit in Dougie Hamilton’s spot.

Clearly making his home debut was another big step for Trotman, but the B’s rookie defenseman is feeling much more comfortable going through everything else the second time around.

“I thought I had a pretty good game [in my NHL debut]. I got a little bit of confidence from it, so I feel willing and able to step in (today) and play my game,” said Trotman. “You're a little bit more decisive, a little more assertive when you're confident in yourself. You know you can close on guys, make breakout passes, you don't think as much.”

That increased comfort and confidence should continue to grow if Trotman gets another chance to fill in for McQuaid at the end of this week.