Warsofsky looking to break through to NHL this season

Warsofsky looking to break through to NHL this season
July 28, 2014, 5:00 pm

David Warsofsky knows that the upcoming season is an important one for him in his pro hockey career.

The 24-year-old defenseman made his NHL debut last season and even scored a highlight reel goal in his six games for the Black and Gold, and is now looking to take things to the next level after signing a one-year, two-way deal for $600,000 with the Bruins last week. Warsofsky had his 6 goals and 32 points in his best AHL season last year, and is brimming with confidence as a puck-moving offensive defenseman after tasting Boston success last season.

“It was an awesome experience for me. Being from Boston and getting to play for my hometown team was unbelievable, and then getting the opportunity to play in the NHL was really special,” said the Marshfield native. “I think it gave me that confidence. When I did go back to Providence, I kind of had that little chip on my shoulder, like I wanted to get back to the NHL. That’s obviously my dream, is to be in the NHL full time.

“To get a little bit of a taste of it, and seeing how the organization does things and how guys play at a professional level, was definitely important for me. I think [next season] is an important year for me, and I want to take advantage of it. I also know what it takes to be a regular in the NHL, and I think until that point where I can prove myself, that I am, I don’t think I’m going to stop working. I’m going to continue the same work ethic until I am there.”

Warsofsky aspires to make the NHL team out of training camp, but that won’t be easy in Boston. There are at least eight established NHL defensemen in front of him: Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski. Peter Chiarelli included Warsofsky as one of nine different blueliners in the B’s organization that he considers NHL-caliber, and there’s a distinct possibility he could be moved if the Bruins pull the trigger on a deal over the next two months.

Warsofsky and Krug are similar players in terms of size, strengths and weaknesses and special teams capabilities, so dealing the former BU star away makes all kinds of sense with the talented Krug blocking his path. Chiarelli has already confirmed that he’ll be dealing away at least one defensemen from the organizational surplus, and Warsofsky’s cap-friendly minimum contract could also make it easier for the Bruins if they want to move him.

After last season it doesn’t appear that the young, talented blueliner has much more to prove at the AHL level, and simply needs an opening to show his talents at a position that’s always in demand at the NHL level.