Vatrano back at practice following September foot surgery

The Bruins have been struggling to find consistency from their forwards all season long. Offensively the B’s sit 24th in the NHL in goals per game and outside of David Pastrnak nobody in their lineup has consistently put up points. After a hot start, Brad Marchand has just six points in his last 10 games and Patrice Bergeron hasn’t looked himself all year and only has eight points on the season. The B’s are very lucky Tuukka Rask has had such a good season so far and likely would be a team near the bottom of the Eastern Conference if not for his performance. However, reinforcements are coming in the form of a young sniper from Western Massachusetts. Frank Vatrano gave the Bruins a much-needed shot in the arm during his time in Boston last season, scoring eight goals including his first career goal in Montreal against the Canadiens. Vatrano went on to score goals at nearly a goal per game pace down in Providence and was a sure bet to make the Bruins roster out of training camp. Vatrano suffered torn ligaments in his foot shortly before training camp and has been out since then. The young winger was seen back at practice yesterday, on the ice for the first time since September and hopefully is very close to returning to game action. Once he returns, the Bruins will be faced with a difficult decision as to where to put Vatrano. My best guess is he is put with Davids Krejci and Backes on the second line as that line is in need of a scorer. As was the case last season when Vatrano came in, the B’s are in need of a turbo shot and Vatrano is the perfect player to do that.

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