BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 22, that the team has recalled forward Frank Vatrano from Providence. Sweeney also announced that the team has recalled Jeremy Smith from Providence on an emergency basis.
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.
Vatrano has appeared in 30 games with the Bruins in 2015-16, recording six goals and one assist for seven points with 10 penalty minutes.
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.
Smith has played in 11 games in 2015-16 with Providence, compiling a 7-3-1 record, 2.07 goals against average and .932 save percentage. Last season, the 26-year-old netminder played in 39 games for Providence with 22 wins, a 2.05 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. The 6’0”, 177-pound goaltender also ranked fourth in the AHL in goals against average and third in save percentage.
Smith has appeared in 23 games in 2015-16 with the Iowa Wild of the AHL, producing a 5-14-3 record, 2.94 goals against average and .911 save percentage. In 34 games combined with both Providence and Iowa this season, he ranks 10th in the AHL with a .917 save percentage.
The Detroit, Michigan native was originally drafted by Nashville in the second round (54th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with Boston as a free agent on July 2, 2014.