The 2015 NHL Draft isn’t getting much better for the Bruins.
A day after word of Jakub Zboril’s season-ending injury was confirmed by the Bruins, and less than a month after Jake DeBrusk made his trade request public, Zach Senyshyn has decided to join in on the fun with a trade request of his own.
“I want to play in the NHL. I feel like I haven’t been given that opportunity in the Bruins organization,” Senyshyn told Mark Divver for Rinkside Rhode Island. “I feel like my game has gotten to that level where I’m ready to play and I’m ready to make an impact. With the way the Bruins organization has been going, it just doesn’t seem like I’m in the mix.’
“I just feel like I need a fresh start. With all of the backlash with the media, considering where I was drafted and everything going on there, it’s just been a lot emotionally. I feel as though a fresh start is best.”
Senyshyn’s request means that all three of Boston’s first-round picks from 2015 have at one point asked for a trade out of the organization, with DeBrusk making his request this season and Zboril making his during the 2019-20 season.
And, honestly, it’s hard to argue with what Senyshyn is saying.
If you move beyond the whole ‘reach at No. 15 overall’ thing that’s obviously haunted Senyshyn throughout his Boston run, the speedy wing has looked NHL-caliber during his brief NHL sample. Senyshyn appeared to be coming into his own with the Bruins in 2019-20, with two assists in four games (could’ve well been five points in four games had it not been for a coach’s challenge and goaltender interference that wiped would-be points off the board), but then an injury knocked him out of the equation and he never got another look with the big club before the pandemic wiped out the balance of the regular season.
Senyshyn then failed to log any meaningful time with NHLers during the team’s Jan. 2021 training camp ahead of the 56-game season, and spent last September’s training camp with minor-league linemates. All while the Bruins have once again had a revolving door of left shots and poor fits on the right side of their bottom-six forward group.
This year, the 24-year-old Senyshyn has totaled eight goals and 13 points in 21 games for Providence and hasn’t received a call-up, and has totaled 15 goals and 26 points in 39 AHL games since the start of last season.
He certainly seems to be at that ‘there’s nothing more to be discovered at this level’ stage of his career.
As for that ‘fresh start’ Senyshyn seeks, it will be interesting to see if there’s a team out there willing to take a chance on him. Senyshyn has already cleared waivers two times in 2021, but training camp waiver cuts are rarely claimed, and perhaps there’s a team out there that’s since identified right wing as a potential need and on the cheap.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Senyshyn has totaled one goal and three assists in 14 career NHL games, and 48 goals and 92 points in 213 AHL games since the start of the 2017 season.
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