When Boston lost sophomore forward Frank Vatrano to torn foot ligaments during offseason training, it was a big blow. The 22-year-old — coming off eight goals and 11 points in 39 games as a rookie — was being counted on to replace some of the goalscoring that departed when Loui Eriksson signed in Vancouver.
Now, he’s back.
Vatrano, sent down to AHL Providence three days ago, has been recalled to Boston after a brief two-game rehab stint over the weekend. During that stint — which represented his first game action of the season — he quickly got back to doing what he does:
Vatrano found the back of the net in each of his two games in Providence, a trend that carried over from last year — in ’15-16, he scored 36 times in 36 games en route to capturing the AHL’s goalscoring title, wildly impressive given it was essentially his first full professional campaign.
The Bruins next play on Tuesday, when they take on the Islanders. Vatrano will be available for selection, and could be again counted on to replace some missing scoring — another exciting young sniper, 20-year-old David Pastrnak, will miss the next few games following elbow surgery.
Pastrnak currently leads Boston with 19 goals through 27 games.