Prague, Czech Republic --
Earlier this afternoon, the Boston Bruins announced (in an official release
) that the team has assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski
to the Providence Bruins.
|Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask of Finland makes a save on Florida Panthers' Rostislav Olesz (85) as defenseman Matthew Bartkowski helps out during the third period of a preseason hockey game in Boston Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) |
"You know, he had a real good camp and he pushed our other [defensemen on the] team to be better," Chiarelli told Boston Bruins.com. "He’s shown us a lot.
"It’s not going to hurt him to go down and have some time to play in the American League."
Throughout training camp, Bartkowski had been lauded for his professionalism and hockey sense and Chiarelli quickly seconded those notions.
"He’s a smart player," added Chiarelli. "He moves the puck well.
"He’s in the right spots. He knows our system right now. He absorbs it pretty quickly.
"There’s a lot of good things about him as a player."
Chiarelli was asked if Bartkowski should be discouraged by being assigned to Providence.
"No, no," said the B's General Manager. "I mean, he’s close.
"He’s right out of college, and he’s made some great strides since development camp."
Bartkowski will stay in Prague and join the P-Bruins upon the club’s return.
The Bruins now have 23 players in camp.