When a student leaves college a year before graduation, it tends to be for less than positive reasons. But David Warsofsky
had pretty good argument for not completing his degree; the opportunity to play professional hockey.
A talented defenseman who made a name for himself as a member of the Boston University Terriers, Warsofsky was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 4th round (#95 overall), of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
However, the decision to turn pro didn't come about until he'd been traded to the Boston Bruins during the summer of 2010.
"It's always hard to forgo your senior year," said Warsofsky of his decision to leave school early.
"But I sat down with my family and the coaches at BU and they just thought that it was the right decision- for the future of my hockey career and just me as a person."
Warsofsky's performance in the Bruins organization supports his reasoning as his skill has garnered praise from the Bruins' coaching and management staff on numerous occasions.
During the 2011 development camp Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney was impressed by the young defenseman.
"I think [his poise] exhibits his hockey sense overall in terms of he wants to gain," said Sweeney. "He doesn't want to force things offensively, he want things to open up."
General Manager Peter Chiarelli saw something else in Warsofsky's game.
"You can see his skill out there," said Chiarelli. "He's an incredible stretch passer."
No doubt, Warsofsky is aware of his skill set, but remains focused on improving his game.
"I think I'm an offensive-type of defenseman and I think that's what they want me to do down here in Providence," said the blueliner."But at the same time, I think in order to be able to play at the next level, you need to be an all around defenseman.
"So I've been working on that, too."
As he's continued to work on his defensive game, Warsofsky has been strong on the P-Bruins power play alongside teammates Carter Camper
and Jamie Tardif
-- a trio that has already given Providence five power play goals this season.
"It's always good when you play with guys that you can trust and you have a little chemistry," said Warsofsky.
Through 25 games during his first full AHL season in Black & Gold, Warsofsky has produced a 1-11=12 line, but that's no shock to anyone who saw him play in scarlet and white.
At BU he achieved plenty of success with career totals of 22-46=113 and was a big part of the Terriers' 2009 Beanpot, Hockey East and NCAA titles.
And although Warsofsky was able to play at the TD Garden during numerous Hockey East and Beanpot tournament games, the Marshfield, Mass. native awaits the day he gets to return to Causeway Street in a Bruins jersey.
"When you're playing in a sold out Garden it's a fun thing, but when you're playing for the Boston Bruins in a sold out Garden, it's obviously another thing," said Warsofsky."That's my goal- to play on that stage one day.
"I just work towards that every day." ---Amanda Ostuni