By: Andrew Bluestein | Follow Me On Twitter / X @adbblue
The Boston Bruins announced Wednesday night that forward Matt Poitras will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing a right shoulder open stabilization surgery. The expected recovery time is approximately five months. It’s a tough blow for the Bruins and the rookie who was having a solid first season.
Poitras was a pleasant surprise as the 19-year-old earned a roster spot with an impressive training camp and preseason, leading the team in points. His decisions away from the puck and positioning are what stood out most.
After having a solid start to the season, he plateaued but was still worthy of being a regular NHL player. In 33 games, the 2022 second-round pick recorded a line of 5-10-15 and was a +4 rating. Being mixed and matched on different lines, he showed flashes of offensive creativity and was solid in his own end.
However, as the season went on, it was clear the heavy NHL schedule caught up with him. He was also getting targeted by opponents who were more physical with the young forward. That is likely what led to his injury after taking a few big hits just before the All-Star break. Bruins management gave Poitras a brief break from the NHL, and he played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, recording four points before returning back to Boston.
With the youngster now out of the mix, it opens up opportunities for other players. But it’s also a blow to the Boston roster, as Poitras provides the team with forward depth. Just unfortunate for the rookie who’s going to have to watch from the ninth floor for the rest of the Bruins Centennial season.