Boston Bruins

Jan 22, 2019; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defensemen Alex Petrovic (15) skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins are covering themselves in the event of Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy holdouts, as they have invited veteran defenseman Alex Petrovic to training camp on a professional tryout.

A 6-foot-4 defenseman, Petrovic skated in 35 games between the Panthers and Oilers last season, totaling two assists, 47 shots on goal, and a minus-15 rating. Before bottoming out last year, Petrovic had been a career-long Panther, and established career-highs in goals (two), assists (15), and points (17) with Florida in 2015-16.

What made Petrovic appealing for the Bruins, of course, was his status as a right-shot defenseman.

With Carlo and McAvoy both being right shots, and with fellow right shot defenseman still recovering from two separate broken kneecaps (he has not started skating yet, according to the Boston Globe), the Bruins are certainly going to need a natural fit skating there in preseason contests should a resolution fail to come about.

Petrovic has five goals and 50 points in 263 career NHL games.