Providence, RI – The Providence Bruins, member of the American Hockey League, announced today that the Boston Bruins have reassigned defenseman Nathan Saunders to the P-Bruins from the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs. Saunders could make his Providence debut this evening as the team travels to Massachusetts to take on the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center at 7:05 p.m. With the move, the P-Bruins now have 22 players on their roster, including 12 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.
Saunders, 22, began the year with Providence before being assigned to Johnstown on October 17, prior to which time he had not seen any action with the P-Bruins. In 14 ECHL games since, the blue-liner has three points, all assists, and 37 penalty minutes. Last season, the native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, split the year between the AHL’s Portland Pirates and the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL, amassing a goal and 16 assists for 17 overall points, along with 120 penalty minutes, in 75 total contests. Prior to turning pro, Saunders enjoyed four junior seasons with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. There, he played alongside now Providence teammate Martins Karsums for two seasons. In his young career, Saunders has 21 points on two goals 19 assists in 109 games.
Boston acquired the defenseman with fellow blue-liner Brett Skinner in a trade from the Anaheim Ducks on September 24, 2007 for defenseman Mark Mowers. Anaheim drafted Saunders 119th overall in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.