Zach Hamill, Joe Colborne, and Steve Kampfer were all assigned to Providence today. With the demotions, it leaves the Bruins with 25 men on the roster. The current roster will all travel to Belfast tomorrow. Brad Marchand and Brian McGratton appear to be spare forwards with the expectation that Jordan Caron has made the team. On defense Matt Bartowski and Adam McQuaid are spare defensemen.
With the recent demotions, it is a clear indicator that either Tyler Seguin or Blake Wheeler will now be playing center. My guess will be Wheeler based on his NHL experience. I was a little shocked Hamill wasn’t given a shot to at least start the season. On defense, it is not much of a surprise that McQuaid is the seventh defenseman. However, Bartowski being chosen over Kampfer was surprising. Kampfer is a right-handed shot (the Bruins only have two guys who play the right side regularly – Boychuk and Seidenberg), has excellent speed, brings leadership, and was very impressive in the rookie and preseason games.