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On Sunday, Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson had been assigned to the Providence Bruins. The 22-year-old had appeared in nine games in Boston this season, scoring two goals including his first of his career on November 17th, during the Bruins 2-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes. Forsbacka Karlsson made his NHL debut against the Washington Capitals on April 8th, 2017.
Forsbacka Karlsson will head back to Providence for his second tour of duty this season. In nine appearances for Providence earlier this season, the forward had one goal and three assists for four points. Last season, Forsbacka Karlsson completed his first professional season, finishing with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in 58 games for the AHL club.
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The Stockholm, Sweden native was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (45th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The demotion shouldn’t surprise anyone as the young center struggled in his first extended look at NHL action, but more professional experience should help him become a better player. This almost certainly shouldn’t be the last time we see Forsbacka Karlsson in Boston as he still has some talent that could definitely be utilized in the NHL.