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Bruins Assign Four Players To Providence

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 11, that the club has assigned forwards Noel Acciari, Max Talbot and Frank Vatrano, as well as defenseman Colin Miller, to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).

Acciari, who is in the midst of his first professional season, has appeared in 19 games with Boston in 2015-16, recording one assist and eight penalty minutes.

Acciari has also skated in 42 games with Providence in 2015-16, recording seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points with 17 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating. The 24-year-old forward played three seasons at Providence College before signing with the Bruins, totaling 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points in 113 career collegiate games. In 2014-15, he helped the Friars capture a National Championship and was named Hockey East’s Defensive Forward of the Year.
The 5’10”, 208-pound native of Johnston, Rhode Island was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on June 8, 2015.

Miller is in the midst of his first NHL season and has skated in 42 games with the Bruins in 2015-16, recording three goals and 13 assists for 16 points with 39 penalty minutes. The 23-year-old blueliner is tied for sixth in points among rookie defenseman this season.

Miller has also appeared in 19 games with Providence in 2015-16, scoring four goals and adding eight assists for 12 points with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating. Prior to joining the Bruins, the 6’1”, 196-pound defenseman played in 135 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying 24 goals and 45 assists for 69 points with 117 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating. Miller helped the Monarchs capture the Calder Cup in 2014-15, as he scored two goals and added eight assists for 10 points in 19 playoff games.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native was acquired by the Bruins, along with goaltender Martin Jones and a 2015 first-round pick, in a trade with Los Angeles in exchange for forward Milan Lucic on June 26, 2015. He was originally selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Talbot has skated in 38 games with Boston this season, accruing two goals and five assists for seven points. In his Bruins career, the 5’11”, 186-pound forward has tallied two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 56 games. In his NHL career, the 32-year-old has totaled 91 goals and 113 assists for 204 points in 704 games.

Talbot has also skated in 23 games with Providence this season, registering nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points with a plus-five rating.

The native of Lemoyne, Quebec was acquired by Boston via trade from Colorado on March 1, 2015 in exchange for Jordan Caron and a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Vatrano has appeared in 39 games with the Bruins in 2015-16, recording eight goals and three assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes.

Vatrano is the AHL's leading goal scorer, averaging one goal per contest with 33 tallies in 33 games. The 5’9”, 201-pound forward has three hat tricks and six multi-goal games on the year at the AHL level. Vatrano has also added 16 assists for 49 total points with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating. Vatrano was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 6, as he scored four goals and added one assist in three games.

The 22-year-old native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts was originally signed by the Bruins as a free agent out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 13, 2015.
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