By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
A week away from Opening Night, the Bruins used a Thursday off-day to slice their training camp roster by 12 bodies.
Starting with the Providence-bound prospect group, the Bruins reassigned forwards Ryan Fitzgerald, Joona Koppanen, Zach Senyshyn, Pavel Shen, and Oskar Steen to Providence. The 21-year-old Steen reports to the AHL with a team-leading three points this preseason.
They will be joined by defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and Urho Vaakanainen, as well as goaltender Kyle Keyser. Lauzon is probably next in line on the left side of the team’s defensive depth chart, Vaakanainen seems like a consistency and confidence tweak away from being NHL-ready, and Keyser certainly popped in his preseason debut.
The team also placed forwards Paul Carey and Brendan Gaunce, along with freshly-signed defenseman Alex Petrovic, on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to the P-Bruins. Carey had two assists (both primary helpers) in three preseason appearances, while Gaunce had an assist and six shots on goal in three games with Boston this preseason. Petrovic, meanwhile, turned what was a professional tryout into a one-year, two-way contract with the B’s.
Robert Lantosi, with the organization on an AHL-only deal, was also sent to Providence.
The Bruins will wrap up their preseason Saturday against the Blackhawks.