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mmunication 09-25-2016 01:38 PM

Many expected Frank Vatrano to have a breakout year with the Boston Bruins
 
Boston Bruins Frank Vatrano Out 3 Months With Torn Ligaments in Left Foot

Many expected Frank Vatrano to have a breakout year with the Boston Bruins this season. Unfortunately, the 22 year old forward is set to start the year on the injured reserve. Bruinsí general manager Don Sweeney announced Saturday that Vatrano had torn ligaments in his left foot while training.

Dr. George Theodore at Massachusetts General Hospital is set to perform the surgery on Sept. 16 http://www.bosbruinsonline.com/david...rsey-c-12.html, 2016. Based on the three month timeline expected for the injury, Vatrano could return near the end of December.

This news stings for Boston, who were counting on a strong season from Vatrano in the NHL this year. With the teamís best AHL star out for such an extended period of time, look for other prospects like Seth Griffith http://www.bosbruinsonline.com/david...ersey-c-5.html, Austin Czarnik http://www.bosbruinsonline.com/brad-...rsey-c-11.html, and Danton Heinen to get extended looks this preseason. Griffith has had opportunities in the past and has shown very encouraging potential.

While itís never the circumstance that fans are looking for, sometimes it takes an injury for a player to finally get their chance. David Krejci got his chance when Marc Savard was injured years ago. Ryan Spooner got an extended look when Krejci went down. Itís never ideal, but itís sometimes necessary. Clearly, Vatrano isnít anywhere near the level that Savard or Krejci were at when injured. The gesture remains the same, however. An opportunity has arisen. A roster spot is open, and somebody needs to fill it.

The Bruins did receive good new recently, however, when learning that both David Krejci and Torey Krug are aiming to be ready for opening night of the regular season. Both players were expected to miss the opener Ė and more Ė with injuries, but that doesnít seem to be the case anymore.

With Krejci and Krug looking more and more likely to start the year, the Bruins will be expected to compete right out of the gate. This season will be a turning point in Boston, one way or another. If the team makes the playoffs, then the team will have made appropriate steps forward. If the team fails to make the playoffs, significant changes will be on the horizon.

Boston Bruins forward and East Longmeadow native Frank Vatrano is already facing an uphill battle in his second NHL season.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced Saturday that Vatrano tore ligaments in his left foot while training before Boston s preseason camp and will need to undergo surgery. The expected recovery time for the surgery is three months.

Vatrano is set to undergo a surgical repair by Dr. George Theodore at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday.

Vatrano impressed last season in his first NHL campaign Patrice Bergeron Jersey, scoring eight goals and adding three assists for 11 points in 39 games with the Bruins. The 22 year old forward also made his mark with the Providence Bruins, leading the American Hockey League AHL with 36 goals in 36 games.

Vatrano, who was poised for more minutes and an increased role in Boston s forward corps, was originally signed by the Bruins as a free agent out of UMass on March 13, 2015.


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