Alex Khokhlachev

Bruins recall Alexander Khokhlachev from Providence, David Pastrnak misses morning skate

DJ Bean
November 03, 2015 - 5:25 am
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The Bruins have recalled forward Alexander Khokhlachev from Providence, with the 22-year-old forward participating in Tuesday's morning skate. A center who has played wing this season, Khokhlachev is tied for the AHL lead with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) over 10 games for Providence. Claude Julien said that David Pastrnak will not play Tuesday night against the Stars, citing a blocked shot that hit Pastrnak in the foot last Tuesday as the reason. Pastrnak played Friday and Saturday, but Julien said the 19-year-old forward was still not comfortable. As such, Loui Eriksson moved to right wing and Khokhlachev slotted in on David Krejci's right Tuesday morning. The lineup at morning skate was as follows: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Khokhlachev-Krejci-Eriksson Belesekey-Spooner-Hayes Kelly-Kemppainen-Rinaldo Chara-Colin Miller Krug-McQuaid Morrow-Kevan Miller Rask The 40th overall pick of the 2011 draft, Khokhlachev is in his third full season in the Boston organization. He has played in just four games in his NHL career, with the 22-year-old expressing frustration with the organization'€™s use of him during training camp. "Boston should make a decision with me,"€ he said. "I'€™€™ve waited for my chance already. Two years. I'€™€™m just still waiting. We'€™€™ll see. They should make a decision. Give me a chance, or I don'€™€™t know. We'€™€™ll see [what] they'€™€™ll do."€ Added Khokhlachev: "This is my last year of my contract. 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." After Tuesday's morning skate, Khokhlachev either danced around or politely declined comment on his preseason comments, expressing gratitude for his most recent chance with the B's. Given that he'll likely play with the team's two best forwards so far this season in Krejci and Eriksson, he'd have no reason not to be happy. "[Krejci]'s a great player. He can see the ice really well. I mean, you can say lots of good things about him," Khokhlachev said. "Loui is really good, too, so it will be a really good opportunity for me to play with these two guys."