MONTREAL, QC - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, November 6, that the club has assigned forward Alex Khokhlachev to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and recalled Frankie Vatrano from the Providence Bruins. Vatrano will join Boston in Montreal and be eligible for Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
This marks Vatrano’s first NHL recall.
Vatrano leads the American Hockey League in goals, scoring 10 in 10 games played with the P-Bruins, while also tallying two assists. Vatrano’s 12 points are tied for third highest total in the AHL with two other skaters. For his efforts, he was named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month in October.
At the AHL level, the 21-year-old has skated in 15 games (five in 2014-15 and 10 in 2015-16), potting 11 goals and two assists with four penalty minutes.
Vatrano finished up his the 2014-15 season at UMass-Amherst with 18 goals (six power play goals) and 10 assists for 28 points in 36 appearances. The forward’s 18 goals led the squad, while his 28 points ranked second on the team. Vatrano appeared in one game for the Minutemen in 2013-14.
The 5’9’’, 201-pound forward was signed by Boston as a free agent on March 13, 2015 and hails from East Longmeadow, MA.
Khokhlachev skated in two games for Boston this season after being recalled on November 3. For his NHL career, the 22-year-old has appeared in six games in a Bruins uniform with two penalty minutes. This season in Providence he has played in 10 games and has tallied 13 points on four goals and nine assists. The 13 points lead the team and currently rank tied for the third in the AHL.
TRANSACTIONS: Boston Bruins assign Alex Khokhlachev to Providence and recall Frankie Vatrano from Providence.