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Khokhlachev hoping to spend more time with Bruins

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Boston Bruins prospect Alex Khokhlachev appears to be losing patience with the team that selected him in the second round (No. 40) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Despite leading Providence of the American Hockey League in scoring (15 goals and 43 points) for the second straight season, the 22-year-old has played four NHL games over the past two seasons.

According to CSN New England, Khokhlachev was particularly upset last season when Bruins center Ryan Spooner was promoted from Providence in the second half.

"I've been waiting two years so [the Bruins] should make a decision: give me a chance [in the NHL] or ... I don't know," Khokhlachev told csnne.com Saturday. "We'll see what they do. I'm not a young guy anymore. I'm 22 already. If they don't give me a chance to play while I'm here ... I won't play in Providence all of my life. I'm still waiting for [my chance]."

Khokhlachev played three games for the Bruins last season, including the winner in a shootout victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets last November. But he was far from satisfied with that opportunity.

"I played two games and then the third game I played two minutes. I don't think that's much of a chance," he said. "I played fourth line. That's my role and I need to play it, but I don't believe this is really a chance playing two games.

"I'm surprised, but that's how it goes. They've got other guys, and the young guys they played stepped up. So I'm still waiting and hopefully it's coming soon."

The Bruins play their first preseason game on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils in Providence, R.I.

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