Apr 7, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Quinnipiac Bobcats defenseman Connor Clifton (4) shoots as Boston College Eagles defenseman Steve Santini (6) attempts to defend during the second period of the semifinals of the 2016 Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament

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Bruins recall Connor Clifton from Providence

Erin Walsh
November 15, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara suffered a potentially serious knee injury in Wednesday night’s 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

With an already depleted defensive core, the options for his replacement are slim. The Bruins recalled Jakub Zboril on Tuesday, and it appears they have made yet another recall of a young defenseman.

Mark Divver of the Providence Journal has reported that Providence defenseman Connor Clifton is “en route” to Dallas to join Boston on its road trip. This marks the first time Clifton has been recalled by the Bruins.

The 23-year-old is not a flashy player by any means, but he is a tremendously hard worker. While playing his college hockey at Quinnipiac, Clifton earned his captaincy during his senior season. Through 156 games, Clifton tallied 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists) having his best season his junior year.

The New Jersey native was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the fifth round (133 overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. After deciding not to sign with the Coyotes, Clifton found himself in the Bruins organization where he played for Providence starting in the 2017-18 season.

In 54 games last season, Clifton notched 13 points (four goals, nine assists), and has added four points through 14 games so far this season.