Boston Bruins NHL Call-up Report:
Danton Heinen: From the second he was recalled from Providence, Heinen has provided an immediate impact. Unlike last years stint in Boston, he has shown a tremendous two-way ability along with having points to back it up. Skating up and down the lineup, Heinen has accumulated 2G – 5A – 7PTS – in 12GP. Given how strong he has been across all three-zones of the ice, I say Heinen is here to stay in Boston. Given how DeBrusk has had a rough couple of games recently, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Heinen get some reps next to Krejci when he comes back from injury. I’ve aways maintained the standard that Heinen is a top-6, two-way forward — so far, he is proving my assessment right.
Jordan Szwarz: Earlier in the season, I suggested on my twitter page (@BruinsNetwork) that Szwarz might just earn himself a call-up given how strong his performance in Providence has been. I was right. Primarily an AHL player his entire career, Jordan came up and immediately helped the Bruins with his solid, if not spectacular play. What does Szwarz provide at the NHL-level? Solid, steady & safe two-way ability. He doesn’t really possess an NHL-caliber shot, but his vision is good enough to make safe passes to his teammates. Szwarz has looked good for the Bruins and currently has 3A in 6GP.
Rob O’Gara: As I’ve been on record saying multiple times, I’d be hard-pressed to find a 6’4” defensemen in the NHL that can skate like O’Gara. That type of fluid skating ability typically just doesn’t exist in such a large package. While O’Gara hasn’t been spectacular for the Bruins during his ongoing stint, I think he has played solid on the bottom-pair next to Kevan Miller. He has good vision and offers a solid, puck-moving defensive game, which in turn gives him attributes of a modern defenemsen. He is able to get to puck in the defensive zone quickly, win the battle, and then move them up the ice in transition. He may not have the offensive instincts or talents to be much a producer, but I do enjoy what he has brought to the table in terms of defense. He has played better than Postma for far, in my opinion.
Austin Czarnik: This one is hard for me, honestly. While I think Czarnik is a top-nine NHL-player, he hasn’t really done much with his NHL opportunities this season. That also isn’t exactly all his fault, either. He has seen very limited ice-time in his brief stint with his big-club, and he hasn’t been put in a place for his skill set to excel. It’s hard for a diminutive player like Czarnik to come in and excel on the 4th-line. Although he didn’t play exceptionally well, I think he is still an NHL-player and he might be a better option than say, a struggling Sean Kuraly in the current lineup.