Alexander Khokhachev

Alexander Khokhlachev, Brian Ferlin among latest Bruins cuts

DJ Bean
October 01, 2015 - 2:22 pm
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The Bruins announced another round of cuts Thursday evening, with Alexander Khokhlachev the biggest name among those headed to Providence. Also released from camp were Brian Ferlin, Anton Blidh, Chris Breen, Brandon DeFazio, Ben Sexton and Tommy Cross. Breen, DeFazio and Sexton were previously cut from camp but recalled for Wednesday's preseason game against the Rangers. Cross must first clear waivers before he can be assigned to Providence. With Thursday's cuts, the Bruins now have 27 players (including the injured Seth Griffith, Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara) on their roster, though goaltender Jonas Gustavsson remains in camp on a professional tryout. Khokhlachev's assignment to Providence is the latest step in what's been a frustrating tenure with the Bruins. After being chosen early in the second round of the 2011 draft (40th overall), the Russian center has performed well in the AHL but has underwhelmed in pro camps. Clearly a skilled player who figures to be an NHL player before long, he raised questions about his attitude when he recently expressed his unhappiness with where he stands in the organization. "€œThis is my last year of my contract,"€ he said. "I'€™€™m 22 already. If they don'€™€™t give me the chance to play, why am I here? I will not play in Providence all my life. They told me, '€˜€˜Just wait for your chance.'€™€™ I'€™€™m still waiting for it." Khokhlachev, who has led Providence in points in each of the last two seasons, played just three NHL games last season. When speaking out recently, he pointed to his lack of ice time (2:53 in his last game on Nov. 24) in saying the team has not given him a chance to prove himself in the NHL. Asked about Khokhlachev prior to the announcement of Thursday's cuts, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said the team feels he still needs to make improvements in the AHL. "All players are entitled to their opinion," Sweeney said. "I feel that Alexander has a tremendous upside skill-wise. He still has a lot to learn away from the puck. He needs to go through these experiences, and he'€™s only 22 years old. Looking at the big picture for all our young players, they'€™ll determine when they'€™re ready to play and when they can help us at the National Hockey League level. I do believe he'€™s a player that can step in, and whether or not he can play up and down the lineup sort of remains to be seen. "But we want him to continue to work hard to fill in those gaps, be it faceoffs and there are small details of the game that show up in the scoresheet each night. ... There'€™s just little areas of the game that everybody as a young player needs to go through, experience and then come out the other side of it better. He wants to advocate for himself, so I don'€™t blame him for that."