Predicting the next Boston Bruins recall from Providence

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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 21: Boston Bruins left defenseman Tommy Cross (56) eyes a face off during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on September 21, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 2-1 (OT). (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Tommy Cross

The Boston Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Grzelcyk today, but the next defenseman they call up should be Tommy Cross.  Cross played college hockey at Boston College and was taken by the Bruins in the second round of the 2007 NHL draft.  Cross, who is currently Providence’s captain, could take his leadership abilities to Boston again this season.

Why he deserves it

Cross is Providence’s leading defenseman scorer with 6 points.  He, like Czarnik, has also already made his NHL debut.  Cross played three games for Boston during the 2015-2016 season, recording one assist in that time.  He also played one game for Boston in the playoffs last season, where he had an assist and owned a +1 rating.

Who he would replace

The Bruins have been average defensively this season, ranking 14th in the league with 2.95 goals against per game.  However, only three of the defenseman on Boston’s active roster own a positive +/-.  The Bruins recalled Grzelcyk today to help replace the injured Krug, but could Cross come up to replace a struggling Paul Postma or Rob O’Gara?

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Postma has a -3 rating in 10 games with one assist, while O’Gara hasn’t scored and has a rating of -4.  Cross has proven in Providence this season that he can both score and help keep the puck out his net, both things Postma and O’Gara are failing to do in Boston.