BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forward Mikko Lehtonen to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Lehtonen earned his first career recall on Friday, April 10 and made his NHL debut on Saturday, April 11 during the Bruins’ loss to Buffalo. He was a healthy scratch during Boston’s regular season finale against the Islanders on Sunday, April 12.
Lehtonen was the P-Bruins’ leading goal scorer this year after potting 28 goals in 72 games. His 10 power play strikes ranked tied for first and his 53 total points were the fourth most on the squad. 2008-2009 was the first professional season for the 6’3’’ 196-pound winger from Espoo, Finland, as he played the last four years with the Blues of the Finnish Elite League.
The 22-year-old Lehtonen was originally drafted by the Bruins in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.