Alexander Khokhlachev hopes to stick with Bruins after latest recall

DJ Bean
December 16, 2015 - 7:47 am
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[caption id="attachment_54627" align="alignright" width="150"] Alex Khokhlachev[/caption] Zac Rinaldo'€™s upper-body injury prompted the Bruins to recall forward Alexander Khokhlachev, marking the 2011 second-round pick'€™s latest callup to Boston. Khokhlachev, who led the Providence Bruins in points the last two seasons and expressed frustration during training camp with the B'€™s not giving him a full-time job in the NHL, played two games for Boston in early November. He suffered a hand injury that required surgery shortly after being returned to Providence, however, making him unavailable to the B'€™s when they might have otherwise used him. "Any guy that gets injured I think is not happy with that," Khokhlachev said Wednesday. "It'€™s just part of the game. I [wasn'€™t] out for a long time. I healed and I'€™m ready to play right now." A natural center, Khokhlachev has played mostly wing for Providence this season. He has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 17 games in the AHL. At 22, Khokhlachev feels he is overdue to stay in the NHL for good. He'€™s done the up-and-down routine that Ryan Spooner did last season before ultimately getting a permanent job, and he hopes to have the same fate as his former Providence teammate. "I'€™m pretty sure if I play really good, they will keep me," he said. "It'€™s all about me, how I will play." Claude Julien did not commit to whether Khokhlachev would play on Wednesday against the Penguins. The Bruins did not have a full morning skate, making Wednesday'€™s lineup unclear.

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