We're trying to get more coverage of the Providence Bruins with some new writers. This piece comes from Matt McGuirk.
With a plethora of young talent, the Providence Bruins have had no problem scoring goals through the early part of this season. Much of the scoring has come from Peter Cehlarik and Kenny Agostino; however, Agostino was recalled by Boston on Wednesday, taking some firepower out of the Bruins’ lineup.
Even though Agostino is now with the big club, Providence’s top-six is still very talented.
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson has been centering the top line and has two goals and three assists; he has also shown off his great shot and offensive awareness. Cehlarik has three goals and three assists, but looks like a much improved player from last season (not to say he was bad last year by any means). Cehlarik has fought hard along the boards to keep pucks alive and seems to always be in the right spot to receive a pass.
The first line of Agostino-JFK-Cehlarik was fantastic for the P-Bruins in the first three games with 16 combined points. It was the best line in the AHL.
So, with Agostino in Boston, who will replace his scoring?
Forwards Austin Czarnik and Danton Heinen were returned to Providence on Tuesday and both played this past weekend. Czarnik and Heinen were both inserted into the top-six and have already replaced some of Agostino’s scoring.
The impact was felt immediately: Heinen enjoyed a four-point night against Springfield on Friday with a goal and three assists, while Czarnik netted two goals and an assist.
Bruins fans saw Heinen’s crafty passing in Arizona last week and they know the kind of player Czarnik is. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the duo is already performing well after being sent down.
Agostino’s offensive touch might not find its way back into the P-Bruins lineup any time soon, but Providence doesn’t have to worry: Czarnik and Heinen join an already stacked forward group and their encouraging performances this weekend should definitely ease some concerns over replacing Agostino’s production.