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Vatrano traded to Panthers by Bruins

Forward, who has two goals in 25 games this season, acquired for draft pick @NHLdotcom

Frank Vatrano was traded to the Florida Panthers by the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Boston received a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Vatrano, a 23-year-old forward, scored two goals in 25 games with the Bruins this season. He has not played in five of the past six games because of a lower-body injury and has been a healthy scratch most of the season.

"Frank is a talented, versatile forward who can score goals, contribute offensively, and add to the depth of our forward group," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He's a young player who is still improving and has the ability to support our core group right now and for many years to come."

Video: Discussing the Bruins trading Vatrano to Panthers

Signed to an entry-level contract as a free agent by the Bruins on March 13, 2015, Vatrano has 31 points (20 goals, 11 assists) in 108 NHL games. 

The Panthers (26-25-6), who host the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, FS-F, NBCSWA, NHL.TV), are seven points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins (37-13-8) are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand.

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