No longer blocked in Boston, David Warsofsky getting chance with Penguins

DJ Bean
December 16, 2015 - 2:22 pm

[caption id="attachment_50001" align="alignright" width="150"] David Warsofsky[/caption] David Warsofsky and Torey Krug are not particularly large people, but there wasn'€™t enough room in Boston for both of them. Warsofsky, a Marshfield native who played at Cushing Academy and Boston University, was acquired by the Bruins in a 2010 trade that sent Vladimir Sobotka to the Blues. His first full pro season was 2011-12, one that saw the Bruins win the Krug sweepstakes by inking the Michigan State defenseman to an entry level deal and then immediately burning the first year off by letting him play NHL games. Having both Warsofsky and Krug created an organizational redundancy. Both players are undersized left-shot defensemen with good mobility and an ability to quarterback a power play. When Krug established himself as an NHL player in the 2013 playoffs, Warsofsky was put in the unfortunate position of being blocked. Though he played well in the 10 games he did play for Boston over the 2013-14 and 2015-15 seasons, Warsofsky was not going to be a full-time Boston Bruin as long as Krug was around. Upon reaching free agency this summer, the 25-year-old left to sign with the Penguins. The parting was amicable, as it was plain to see that there would be more of an opportunity for him to make the NHL elsewhere. "Obviously growing up, you want to play for your hometown team, but I think the change has been good for me," Warsofsky said Wednesday. "It'€™s maybe a little bit less pressure. I don'€™t have family and friends at every game. Just with the organization they have here and the players and the system, I think Pittsburgh was a better opportunity for me." Choosing the Penguins (Warsofsky said he was in talks with four or five teams), has paid off. Though he didn'€™t make the team out of camp, Warsofsky was called up to Pittsburgh on Nov. 19 due to an injuries on the Penguins' blue line. Now he'€™s on Pittsburgh'€™s top power play unit with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, David Perron and Chris Kunitz. He has no points through six games, but he'€™s received some high praise. "He'€™s been really good, coming in and having to play a pretty big role for somebody stepping right in there," Crosby said. "Top power play unit, getting some good minutes, so he'€™s done a really good job. With the puck, he'€™s able to make a really good first pass. He'€™s able to skate his way out of trouble. He'€™s not the biggest guy, but he'€™s smart and that allows him to make a lot of good plays out there." Warsofsky has had enough cups of coffee in the NHL to want to make this one stick. It might not be a sure thing, but his chances are better in Pittsburgh than they were in Boston. "I think it was just time for a change for me," Warsofsky said. "I just needed a change of scenery for me to clear my head about some things. Yeah, the new management was I think maybe in my favor a little bit, but I think the change was good for me."