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Boston Bruins Recall Nokelainen; Assign Krejci

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled center/right wing Petteri Nokelainen from the Providence Bruins (AHL).  In addition, the club has assigned center David Krejci to Providence. 


Nokelainen, who has appeared in eight games for Providence, tallying three goals and five assists since being assigned on October 1, will be available for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

The 16th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Nokelainen appeared in 15 games for the Islanders during the 2005-2006 season, notching one goal and one assist.  Prior to joining the Islanders, Nokelainen played for SaiPa Lappeenranta in his native Finland and tallied 20 goals in 94 games from 2002-2005.  Last season in 60 games, the 6-1, 191 pound center had six goals and 10 assists for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. 

The 21-year-old Nokelainen has played for Team Finland in two World Junior Championships and was a teammate of P-Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on Finland’s 2005 squad.  He led the World U-18 Tournament in scoring with five goals and six assists in 2004.
 
Krejci has appeared 12 games with Boston this season, tallying three assists.  Last season he appeared in six NHL games with the Bruins, while spending the majority of the season in Providence.  While with the AHL club last season he tallied 74 points (31 goals, 43 assists) in 69 games.

The 7-5-0 Bruins return to action tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators at the TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, Radio: WBZ Radio). 
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