By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Just one game away from a much needed nine-day break, the Bruins are going to give defenseman Jeremy Lauzon his second look of the 2019-20 season when the Vegas Golden Knights come to town on Tuesday night.
The decision to reach down to Providence and turn to Lauzon as a potential option comes on the heels of Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy limiting John Moore’s minutes in a 4-3 loss to the Penguins, and with the Bruins looking to beef up their blue line in the absence of Connor Clifton (and year-long absence of Kevan Miller).
“[Lauzon is a] bigger body, harder to play against,” Cassidy said. “Probably balances out some of our issues that we’ve been hoping to replace since Kevan [Miller] left. [Connor Clifton] has given us some of that when he’s been in; Johnny [Moore] not quite as much as we’d like. We’re gonna give Lauzy a shot. He’s probably at that stage where he’s put his time in in Providence and it’s fair to say it’s a good time to get a look at him and see where it goes.”
The 6-foot-1 Lauzon has appeared in 43 games for the P-Bruins this season, with one goal and 13 points to go with a team-best plus-18 rating. This will not be the 22-year-old first’s go with Cassidy and Co., however, as Lauzon suited up for the team’s Dec. 31 shootout loss to the Devils, and played in 16 games for the Big B’s last year.
“I want him to play to his identity,” Cassidy offered. “Even though he hasn’t been here a lot, what it’s been in Providence — this year especially — playing with a lot of bite, making a good first pass, adding a little offense from the O-zone blue line.”
You saw a little bit of that in Lauzon’s only other 2019-20 appearance (he finished with a hit, two blocked shots, and two shots on goal in 15:40 of action in that aforementioned defeat in New Jersey), and when Lauzon got on the board for the only point of his NHL career to date (a goal against the Knights in Nov. 2018).
With Lauzon in, John Moore will sit as the Black and Gold’s healthy scratch on the backend, while Steve Kampfer was assigned to the AHL in a separate transaction to fit Lauzon into the Boston mix.