Sean Kuraly came over to the Bruins with little fanfare along with a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for goalie Martin Jones back in June of 2015. Since then, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has seen action in eight regular-season contests with the big club, recording one assist in the process. Kuraly's two-goal effort in Game 5 of the Bruins' 2016-17 playoff series against Ottawa offers hope that the 24-year-old can push for a bottom-six role with the team this season, but the more likely outcome is that he'll bounce between the NHL and AHL as needed.
Kuraly practiced with the Providence Bruins on Tuesday, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports. With the NHL's Bruins bumped from the playoffs, Kuraly joins the minor-league affiliate in the midst of a Round 1 postseason series with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The New York native was the hero in Game 5 against the Senators, scoring two goals -- including the game-winner in overtime. He'll be someone to watch late in redraft leagues next fall.
Kuraly came up huge in Game 5 on Friday, sinking the final two goals -- including the double-overtime game-winner -- to avoid elimination from the Senators in the conference quarterfinals. Nothing like a confidence booster for the rookie playing in just his 11th NHL contest and third of the postseason. Kuraly even had a goal that promoted an official review but was overturned. He'll hope to perform more magic in Game 6 at home Sunday.
Kuraly was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League on Saturday, Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reports. Kuraly was scratched from the P-Bruins' game Saturday against Springfield after Boston lost Jimmy Hayes to a lower-body injury in its 5-2 win over Florida on Saturday. Hayes is questionable for Sunday's meeting with the Blackhawks. Kuraly has not registered a point in five games with the Bruins this season.
Kuraly was reassigned to AHL Providence on Monday. Kuraly's most recent stint in the NHL lasted all of one day, as the Bruins did some roster juggling to allow Noel Acciari to transition from an emergency recall to regular recall. He hasn't played a game in the NHL since Nov. 22, and will rejoin the farm squad in Providence where he's pitched in 24 points in 50 games this season.
Kuraly was recalled from AHL Providence on an emergency basis. Kuraly has drawn into just five games at the NHL level this season, averaging 8:11 of ice time in those contests, so it's unlikely he will produce enough to gain fantasy relevance. Given that he's with the club on an emergency basis, his stay with the Bruins may not be a long one.
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