Joonas Kemppainen

Bruins assign Joonas Kemppainen to Providence

DJ Bean
February 05, 2016 - 10:35 am
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The Bruins sent center Joonas Kemppainen to Providence on Friday. He will play Friday night against Albany. Kemppainen, a 27-year-old center who came to the NHL from Finland this offseason, has struggled in his first North American season. In 35 games for the Bruins, Kemppainen has one goal and two assists for three points. He has won 51.4 percent of his faceoffs but posted poor possession numbers. His Relative Corsi of -16.4 ranks 17th among 20 Bruins skaters with at least 20 games played this season. Kemppainen was a healthy scratch in both of the Bruins'€™ post All-Star break contests leading up to his demotion. Friday's move leaves the Bruins with 22 players on their NHL roster, one shy of the maximum. Adam McQuaid figures to come off injured reserve at some point in the not-too-distant future, though he has yet to take contact as he works his way back from an upper-body injury. McQuaid practiced with the Bruins Friday after taking part in Thursday's morning skate.

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