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Meet the Bruins Call-ups

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled 10 players from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. 

Goalies Michael Hutchinson and Anton Khudobin, forwards Jamie Arniel, Jordan Caron, Zach Hamill, Lane MacDermid, and Trent Whitfield, and defensemen Yury Alexandrov, Matt Bartkowski and Steven Kampfer all have been recalled from Providence. Bartkowski, Kampfer and Khudobin will report to Boston while the other players will remain in Providence to train with the P-Bruins coaching staff.


While five of the players being called-up have NHL experience and four played games in Boston this season, Chiarelli is pleased with the way the Providence coaching staff has been able to develop the Bruins young talent.

“They ended up finishing not bad, and then part of that is due to goaltending. But they actually played better in the latter third, latter quarter,” Chiarelli said of the P-Bruins season.

“So I think generally speaking our player development has been good. I think there’s going to be some players on that team that are going to challenge for some spots next year and that will be part of the depth for this year.”

As for the offensive stars in Providence, Chiarelli likes they way they’ve been working together, and can’t fault the overall production on the B’s up-and-comers.

“I was there Friday. So I saw Spooner, Knight, Button and [Carter] Camper. There was one line with Spooner with Knight and [Jordan] Caron, the kid line, it was actually very good,” Chiarelli said.

“It was nice to see the youth and how they played.”

Khudobin, Bartkowski and Kampfer will join the Bruins for practice tomorrow. Here’s a look at the newest names on the Bruins roster.

Profile: Anton Khudobin, Goaltender
Khudobin
The 24-year-old goaltender spent the majority of the 2010-11 season between the Houston Aeros and the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

In his 34 games with the Aeros, Khudobin had a 2.58 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He also recorded two assists with Houston.

The Bruins acquired the 5-foot-11, 203-pound lefty on Feb. 28 at the trade deadline in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen.

In his 15 games with the P-Bruins, Khudobin had a 2.43 GAA and a .916 save percentage to go along with his 8-4-1 record.

The Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan-native made his NHL debut in the 2009-10 season, minding net in two games for the Minnesota Wild. He made another four NHL appearances in the 2010-11 season, bumping his career NHL record to 4-1-0.

On Jan. 16, 2010 Khudobin recorded his first NHL shutout, making 32 saves in the Wild’s 4-0 win over Vancouver.

The Wild drafted Khudobin as their seventh round pick (206th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Profile: Matt Bartkowski, Defense
The 22-year-old Bartkowski made his NHL debut this season with the Bruins on Jan. 10 against Pittsburgh. In fact, the Pittsburgh, PA native played his first three NHL contests against his hometown Penguins.

Bartkowski
Bartkowski has six NHL games under his belt with no points, four penalty minutes and two shots on goal.

The Florida Panthers originally drafted Bartkowski in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired his rights in a 2010 trade with Florida that sent he and Dennis Seidenberg to Boston and Byron Bitz and Craig Weller to Florida.

Prior to coming to Boston, Bartkowski spent two seasons at Ohio State University (CCHA). In 80 career collegiate games, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound defenseman collected 11-27-38 scoring totals to join his 145 penalty minutes.

Upon arrival in the Bruins organization, Bartkowski was sent to Providence where the played the majority of the 2010-11 campaign.  The defenseman accompanied Boston on their trip to Belfast and Prague, but did not skate in the two Premiere games and was assigned to Providence on Oct. 6.

In 68 games with Providence, Bartkowski has 5-18-23 scoring totals, 42 PIMs and 155 shots on goal.

Profile: Steven Kampfer, Defense
The 22-year-old Kampfer made his NHL debut with the Bruins this season, skating in the teams 5-2 win over the Islanders on Dec. 9 after being recalled from Providence on Dec. 8.

Kampfer
The 5-foot-11, 197-pound defenseman made an immediate impression on the B’s organization, and remained with the B’s until being sent back to Providence on April 6 to get ice time, after being a recent scratch for Boston.

In 38 games with the Bruins, Kampfer collected 5-5-10 totals to go along with his 12 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating.

The Ann, Arbor, Michigan-native recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Dec. 15 in Buffalo, and later scoring his first NHL goal on Dec. 28 at Tampa Bay.

Kampfer scoring the game-winning goal in the Bruins 7-5 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 13. That contest also marked Kampfer’s first career multiple-point game.

The Anaheim Ducks drafted Kampfer in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft before being acquired by Boston last March.

Prior to joining the Bruins organization, Kampfer played four seasons with the University of Michigan Wolverines. In 147 career CCHA games, Kampfer had a 7-53-60 scoring line to join his 134 penalty minutes and plus-65 rating. 

Kampfer and the Wolverines took home the CCHA title in both the 2008 and 2010 seasons.

Following being sent down to Providence, Kampfer suffered an injury in the P-Bruins game on Saturday night, and according to Chiarelli, will be out for two weeks.

“Steven injured his knee and he’s going to be evaluated in the next couple of days,” Chiarelli said today.



While the loss of Kampfer affects Boston’s depth on the blueline, Chiarelli is confident his other defensemen will be able to step in with Kampfer out.

“We’ve got depth beyond that in Bartkowski and Bodnarchuk and Cohen. We’ve got some players that can fill in. Obviously it’s a blow to our depth,” said Chiarelli.

 “But from what I’m told, it’s not that bad and he should be back. I don’t know. I can’t give you an exact time frame, but I know it’s at least two weeks.

The Black Aces
While the big-league Bruins are hard at work preparing to face the Canadiens, the B’s ‘Black Aces’ will be working just as hard in Rhode Island, staying fresh and in shape should they be given the call to the big club.

Profile: Michael Hutchinson, Goaltender
Yet another Bruins draft pick, the 21-year-old Hutchinson was the B’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Hutchinson split the 2010-11 season between Reading (ECHL) and Providence. In 28 games with the P-Bruins, the Barrie, ON-native had a 13-10-1 record with a 3.13 GAA and a .904 save percentage.

The 6-foot-3, 192-pound netminder had his best statistical season, in terms of GAA and SV%, in the 2006-07 season with the Barrie Colts of the OHL.

In 14 games with the Colts that season, Hutchinson had an 8-3-0 record with a 2.11 GAA and .934 SV %.

Prior to going to Reading in the 2010-11 season, Hutchinson appeared in career-high 46 games for London Knights of Ontario Hockey League in the 2009-10 campaign, winning personal-best 32 games during regular season, adding 2.86 goals-against-average and .913 save percentage. He also recorded three shutouts on the season.

He went 7-5 in 12 postseason outings with 4.11 GAA and .870 save percentage.

Profile: Jamie Arniel, Forward
Forward Jamie Arniel made his NHL debut this season with Boston skating in the Nov. 28 tilt in Atlanta.

The Bruins originally drafted Arniel in the fourth round (97th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry draft and he made his debut just two seasons later.

The 21-year-old skated in his first full pro season with the Providence Bruins in the 2009-10 season. He collected 12-16-28 totals in 67 games, and took home the club’s Rookie of the Year award. Arniel lead all rookies in scoring and assists that season.

This season, the 5-foot-11, 193-pound Arniel almost doubled his scoring totals, finishing the season with a 23-27-50 line in 78 games.

The Kingston, Ontario-native has eight games of Calder Cup playoff experience in the AHL. In those eight games, Arniel has a 1-0-1 line and 22 shots on goal.

Profile: Jordan Caron, Forward
When the Bruins selected Jordan Caron in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, they knew they were getting a talented, quick learning forward. How quick he would learn, no one could be sure.

Caron
But it seems that B’s got a good deal, as Caron has already played in 23 games for Boston this season, including beginning the season with Boston and then later being recalled on Feb. 7. 

In those 23 games, the Sayabec, QC-native netted 3-4-7 totals with six penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating.

Caron played his first NHL game on Oct. 10 against Phoenix and scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 16 at New Jersey.

Caron has spent the rest of the 2010-11 season with the Providence Bruins, adding an offensive threat to their line-up.

In 46 games in Providence the 20-year-old had a 12-16-28 scoring line and 16 penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the P-Bruins, Caron spend the majority of his junior career with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.

In 181 games with Rimouski, in four-plus seasons, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound lefty had 83-87-170 scoring totals to join his plus-34 rating.

Profile: Zach Hamill, Forward
The 22-year-old Zach Hamill, is another B’s call-up with some NHL experience. 

Hamill made his NHL debut in the 2009-10 season, playing a single game with the Bruins and recording his first point with an assist in that game.

Hamill made a return appearance in Boston this season, skating in three contests for the Bruins. Hamill added his second NHL point with an assist in the B’s 8-6 victory over Montreal on Feb. 9.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward played the remaining games of this season with Providence. In 66 games, Hamill collected 9-33-42 totals.

The Bruins originally drafted the Vancouver, BC-native in the first round (eighth overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Prior to going to Providence, Hamill played five seasons with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. In 250 career games in the NHL, Hamill racked up 87-175-262 scoring totals.

Hamill played his first full professional season with the P-Bruins in the 2008-09 campaign. He complied 13-13-26 totals but played in only 65 games, as he was limited with a thumb injury.

Hamill rebounded from the injury the next season, recording a 14-30-44 scoring line, good for second in scoring on the squad.

Profile: Lane MacDermid, Forward
An original Boston draft pick (fourth round, 112th overall, 2009) forward Lane MacDermid is in his second season with the Providence Bruins.

In his first professional season in 2009-10, MacDermid played in 65 games for Providence with 2-3-5 totals with 155 penalty minutes.

His 155 penalty minutes led all Providence players and finished second among AHL rookies in penalty minutes, inflated by 21 fighting majors.

This season with the P-Bruins, MacDermid racked up 158 penalty minutes, including 20 fighting majors.

But he also upped his scoring totals, with a 7-12-19 line. He also improved his plus/minus rating from minus-10 in his first season, to plus-4 this season.

Prior to coming to Providence, the Hartford, CT-native, played three season in the OHL split between the Owen Sound Attach and the Windsor Spitfires.

In 187 OHL games, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound lefty has a 30-36-66 scoring line, with 507 penalty minutes.

MacDermid’s playoff experience comes from his time in the OHL where he played in 24 postseason games with 5-5-10 scoring totals and 40 penalty minutes.

Profile: Trent Whitfield, Forward
33-year-old, Trent Whitfield has the most NHL experience of any of the B’s call-ups with 193 games under his belt. 

But the forward has recently found himself back in the AHL after playing 16 games for Boston in the 2009-10 season.

In his 193 NHL games, split between seven teams, the Estevan, Saskatchewan-native has a career 11-18-29 scoring line to go along with 104 penalty minutes.

The Bruins originally drafted Whitfield in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, but he made his NHL debut in the 2000-01 season with the Washington Capitals.

The 5-foot-11, 209-pound lefty returned to Boston last season, skating in 16 contests, recording a single assist and seven penalty minutes.

Whitfield played the majority of last year’s campaign and this season with the P-Bruins. In 96 career games with Providence, Whitfield has a 35-43-78 scoring line and 64 penalty minutes.

In the 2009-10 season, Whitfield was voted the MVP of the AHL Bruins.

Whitfield can also bring some playoff experience to Boston. He has skated in 18 postseason contests, four of which have come with Boston while the remaining 12 games were playing with the Washington Capitals.

Whitfield hasn’t recorded a postseason point, but has 12 penalty minutes and eight shots on goal.

Profile: Yury Alexandrov, Defenseman
The 22-year-old Yury Alexandrov has appeared in 66 games for the P-Bruins, with 6-13-19 totals and 44 PIM.

The 6’0”, 186-lb native of Cherepovets, Russia was signed by the Bruins to an entry-level deal on May 30, 2010.

The defenseman was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (37th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and has yet to make his NHL debut.

Prior to joining the Bruins organization, Alexandrov spent five seasons with the Cherepovets Severstal of the KHL.

In 206 career KHL games, Alexandrov has a 16-27-53 scoring ine and 180 penalty minutes.

His best statistical season came in the 2009-10 campaign when he collected 6-5-21 totals in 56 games. He also had 108 penalty minutes.
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