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By: Jason Cooke | Follow me on Twitter / X @cookejournalism

On Tuesday morning, Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery announced to the media that Pavel Zacha would be unavailable for tomorrow night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. As Zacha is considered day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes, Boston needs reinforcements. As a result, the Bruins have called up Jesper Boqvist from Providence.

Boqvist, who has appeared in one game this year with Boston, has posted five goals and nine assists in 24 games for Providence this season. The 6’1″, 184-pound forward is a 2017 second-overall draft pick by the Devils, coming off a successful campaign in the 2022-23 season, where he notched 21 points in a staggering 70 games. Whether Boqvist will play or be the extra forward has not yet been announced. If he cracks the lineup, he will face his former team tomorrow night in New Jersey.

Boqvist is a smooth skater unafraid to showcase his offensive skill with the puck. Formerly a regular in the NHL, Boqvist has excelled down in Providence, awaiting his opportunity for a call-up. Last month, he showcased his knack for finishing around the net with a game-winning overtime goal over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Boqvist is the latest call-up from Providence to join Boston this season. Mason Lohrei, Brandon Bussi, and Ian Mitchell have been familiar faces to the transaction wire through various injuries throughout the season’s first quarter as a testament to the depth in the Bruins organization. Boqvist was the extra forward at Tuesday morning’s practice behind a line of Jakub Lauko, John Beecher, and Oskar Steen.