Bruins Recall Young Defenseman Amid Veteran’s Injury

The Boston Bruins have recalled defenseman Ian Mitchell from their AHL affiliate due to Matt Grzelcyk’s injury, amid adjustments in Grzelcyk’s role and performance this season.

Joe Pohoryles from The Hockey News just dropped some news. The Boston Bruins are bringing up defenseman Ian Mitchell from their AHL squad in Providence. It’s been a minute since Mitchell hit the NHL ice – since Dec. 23, to be exact. He initially made the cut as the seventh defenseman right out of training camp.

Starting off, he managed two assists in 13 NHL games. After that, it was off to Providence for him. There, he’s racked up three goals and 11 assists over 22 games. Over four seasons, Mitchell’s seen 95 NHL games, netting four goals and adding 14 assists.

Now, Mitchell’s recall? It’s got folks whispering. Seems like Matt Grzelcyk might be benched for a bit. Grzelcyk took a hit in Boston’s thrilling 6-5 OT victory against the Oilers last night. The team’s being cagey, only saying his status is “day-to-day.” With Hampus Lindholm already out, the Bruins’ defense is looking a bit thin.

Grzelcyk’s season? Not his best, stats-wise. He’s sitting on just two goals and five assists after 43 games. But, it’s not all on him. His role’s shifted – less time on the power play, more on the penalty kill. This year, he’s been on the penalty kill more than the last three years combined. Power play time? Barely over five minutes. Despite the special teams focus, his even-strength game could use some polish. Once he’s back, that’s likely on his to-do list.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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