Boston, MA -
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled defensemen Johnny Boychuk
and Matt Lashoff from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).
Boychuk has posted a team-best 23 points on four goals and 19 assists in 22 games this season for Providence, and currently leads all AHL defensemen in both points and assists. The 6-2, 225-pound blueliner was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (61st overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in four NHL games in his career, all of which were with Colorado during the 2007-2008 campaign. He spent the majority of the 2007-2008 season with Lake Erie of the AHL where he notched 8-18-26 totals in 60 games.
The 24-year-old Boychuk was acquired by the Bruins on June 24, 2008 in a trade that sent Matt Hendricks to the Avalanche.
This is Lashoff's second recall to Boston this season (recalled from November 19 - November 27) however he has yet to appear in any NHL games this year. In 18 games for Providence this season, Lashoff posted 4-12-16 totals and 23 penalty minutes. His 16 points rank third amongst all AHL defensemen. He split the 2007-2008 season between Boston and Providence and skated in 18 NHL games, registering 1-4-5 totals and appeared in 60 games for the P-Bruins, tallying 9-27-36 totals.
The 22-year-old Lashoff was originally drafted by Boston in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has seen action in 30 NHL games in his career.