Yesterday, the Bruins officially recalled forward Austin Czarnik on an emergency basis. Which is great considering he was up on Saturday, playing on the fourth line against the Toronto Maple Leafs. I mean, even Ty Anderson reported that he was up.
First it was Anders Bjork, who got injured. Then it was Peter Cehlarik, who came up, played, then was sent down without much fanfare on Friday. Then it was Czarnik. Apparently, he was called up to have a crack at the lineup while Brad Marchand remains suspended.
“It’s just the way it works sometimes,” Czarnik, with 128 points in 131 AHL games, said. “You just have to be patient, keep on working hard, and hopefully get another chance.”
“Be good defensively and work on my stuff; That’s what they wanted me to focus on,” the 5-foot-9 Czarnik said of his improvements during his latest run with the P-Bruins. “I think when you focus on defense, it turns into offense, and being in the right spots.”
So, it might have been a chance to see if his NHL game has improved since he’s tearing it up in Providence. Czarnik was expected to make a push for the NHL last season before a preseason concussion delivered by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas. He’s been up and down a couple of times since then without having stayong power, It’s too difficult to make the case to stay when all the pieces are in place.
For now, his coach is just happy to have him around due to his versatility.
“He can play on special teams, so he’s a guy we can move around,” Cassidy, never shy about tinkering with his lines, said. “He’s always been that. Sometimes that works for a player, sometimes that works against a player without having a true identity. But I’m comfortable with him, I trust him as a player, and we’ll see where it goes.”