BOSTON -- The playoffs haven't even begun, and the Bruins defensive depth is already being challenged.
Young defenseman Steve Kampfer will be sidelined for a couple of weeks because of a knee injury suffered last weekend while skating for the Providence Bruins.The 22-year-old blueliner has 5 goals and 5 assists and a plus-9 for the Bruins this season in 38 games, but was sent down to Providence last week with only a handful of games remaining in the regular season. Kampfer wasnt expected to be in the starting lineup when the postseason begins on Thursday.Steven injured his knee and hes going to be evaluated in the next couple of days. My guess is hell be gone for at least two weeks, said general manager Peter Chiarelli. Weve got depth beyond that in Matt Bartkowski and Andrew Bodnarchuk and Colby Cohen. Weve got some players that can fill in. Obviously its a blow to our depth, but from what Im told, its not that bad and he should be back. I dont know. I cant give you an exact time frame, but I know its at least two weeks.Kampfer was spotted on crutches last weekend after hurting himself against the Springfield Falcons, but the injurys nature wasnt known until Chiarelli revealed that it was a knee issue.Veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy will begin the postseason as Bostons seventh defenseman after he was signed during the month of February. He played a handful of games after sitting out the entire season with a shoulder injury.
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BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros.
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future.
The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team.
Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now.
“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”
McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.
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