(CSNNE.com) – After watching Frank Vatrano score two goals in two games for the Providence Bruins while getting his timing back, the 22-year-old sharp-shooting winger has been called back up to Boston ahead of Monday night’s NHL holiday roster freeze. Vatrano was back practicing with the Bruins again on Monday after missing the first 33 games of the season following foot surgery.
Isn’t this what Christmas is all about? Family, friends, and getting cool new toys? Like fast toys that fly down the wing, have a great shot, and the potential to score in bunches? That’s the definition of the holiday spirit.
Frank Vatrano is back and today he took line rushes at practice with the Dominic Moore, Jimmy Hayes, and Anton Blidh fourth unit. I’m not sure if that’s a sick joke or just to get him up to speed, but I would assume after the first five minutes of tomorrow nights game against the New York Islanders that Claude will slide #72 alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The “Riley Nash, top line winger” experiment doesn’t need to continue any longer.
Even though they’ve been missing him Vatrano’s return doesn’t guarantee the Bruins offense will suddenly come to life. But it certainly injects the right type of player the B’s need to push in the right direction. The kid loves to shoot, is in the prime development stage of his career, and outside of David Pastrnak, he’s the only forward not carrying the frustrating baggage that comes with a struggling offense. He hasn’t had to answer the “why?” question about scoring woes every night. He hasn’t been gripping his stick extra tight for weeks now. He’s hot and ready just like Little Ceasar’s.
His return is a breath of fresh air, a new option for the embarrassing power play, and a nice boost for the forwards.
That being said, I fully expect Vatrano to miss a wide open net tomorrow night and maybe ring one off the crossbar as well. It would be selfish of him to come right in and score. And that’s not what the holidays are all about.