Alex Khokhlachev may finally be getting a real shot with the Boston Bruins.
The team recalled the forward from the Providence Bruins of the AHL on Tuesday.
Khokhlachev currently leads the AHL in scoring with four goals and 13 points through 10 games. He led Providence in scoring last season with 15 goals and 28 assists and likewise led the team the prior year with 21 goals and 36 assists.
Despite those impressive totals in the American League, Khokhlachev was given just three NHL games last year and one the year before. That lack of opportunity has led the 40th overall pick from the 2011 draft to voice frustration that the team hasn’t given him a real chance in the NHL.
In September, the Big Bad Blog quoted him talking about that frustration:
“Boston should make a decision with me,” the 2011 second-round pick said on Saturday. “€œI’€™ve waited for my chance already. Two years. I’€™m just still waiting. We’€™ll see. They should make a decision. Give me a chance, or I don’€™t know. We’€™ll see [what] they’€™ll do.”€
No word yet if he’ll be in the lineup Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, but additional firepower on depth lines may help the Bruins to get past the high-scoring Stars.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.