Boston Bruins try to spark offense with AHL call-ups Agostino and Cehlarik

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 28: Peter Cehlarik
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 28: Peter Cehlarik /

The Boston Bruins offense has been wildly inconsistent this season.  A team that is currently ravaged by injuries, some new additions from the minors may be just the ticket.

Some fans may have expected the early part of this Boston Bruins season to be a struggle.  Many may have hoped for more from a team that added some young offensive talent to build off a playoff appearance last season.

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Regardless of the quality of expectations, one thing is for sure:  no one could have expected the Bruins to be so decimated by injuries.  Patrice Bergeron and David Backes have yet to suit up for the team yet; Ryan Spooner and Adam McQuaid left the game early in Vegas with injuries.  A team that already went against the normal grain in Boston and got younger during the offseason was having to get younger and younger by the minute.

Rookies Danton Heinen and Austin Czarnik were recently in the Bruins lineup, but have now been sent back to Providence.  Heinen had a productive stay in Boston, notching 3 assists in 3 games.  Czarnik only played in 2 games, and had no points in his tenure.

To try and spark the Bruins offense that has looked stagnant in its three losses (to Colorado, Colorado, and Vegas of all teams), the team has recalled to Boston Kenny Agostino and Peter Cehlarik.  I would imagine that both are expected to be with the team for Thursday’s game against the Canucks.

Agostino was the AHL MVP last season with the Chicago Wolves, when he scored 24 goals, notched 59 assists, for 83 points in 65 games.  Cehlarik spent 11 games in Boston last season with the Bruins, where he had two assists.

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It will be interesting to see where the two players slot in with the Bruins.  In Providence, the two players were leading the team in scoring playing on the top line with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.  Agostino has 7 points in 3 games, Cehlarik has 5 points.

Bruce Cassidy has shown that he has no reservations when it comes to moving players around in the lineup.  If Backes and Bergeron come back in the near future, the youngsters’ tenure with the team could be short lived.