Bruins call up Frederic, Senyshyn with two games to play

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The Bruins will get one more look at a couple of their young players as they get ready to make final preparations for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The day after clinching home ice in the first round following a combination Bruins win/Maple Leafs loss, first-round picks Trent Frederic (2016) and Zach Senyshyn (2015) were called up from Providence on an emergency basis.

It will be the third recall for Frederic, 21, a hard-nosed center who has played in 13 games for Boston this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points with 67 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating in 51 games for the P-Bruins this season and has shown off his rugged, physical style at both levels.

For Senyshyn, 22, it’s his first call-up to the NHL after being a much-discussed pick in the middle of the first round in 2015. Senyshyn has 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 62 games for the P-Bruins this season, but has thus far been eclipsed by a number of his peers, Mat Barzal, Brock Boeser, Travis Konecny, Kyle Conner to name just a couple, selected after him in that same first round.

Senyshyn put up fewer points this season than he did last season in his first pro campaign in Providence, so it doesn’t really feel like he’s making the kind of developmental leaps and bounds the Bruins were hoping for.

At this point, Frederic and Senyshyn are being called up to play as the Bruins will likely begin resting some of their core veteran players (Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand come to mind) with just two games remaining in the regular season and not much more to be gained ahead of the playoffs. 

Still, it’s also a chance for both to put exclamation points on their AHL seasons and give the Bruins something to think about as they put together a group of “black aces” for the playoffs that will act as reserves and reinforcements should injuries start to pile up for the Black and Gold. 

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