In last night’s 5-4 win over Bridgeport, the Providence Bruins lost forward Jared Knight again as he re-injured his hamstring, and also lost defenseman Zach Trotman to an upperbody injury. To fill out these roster spots, Providence has called up forward Tyler Randell from South Carolina of the ECHL as well as defenseman Wes O’Neill from Toledo of the ECHL.
In 37 games with the Toledo Walleye this season, O’Neill has 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points and 56 PIM. O’Neill was a teammate of Christian Hanson at Notre Dame in 2005-06 and 2006-07. The 26-year-old New York Islanders 4th round draft pick has also played in the ECHL for the Johnstown Chiefs and Kalamazoo Wings and in the AHL for the Lake Erie Monsters and most recently last season for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He has a total of 5 NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche from the 08-09 and 09-10 seasons with no points, 6 PIM, and an overall -1 rating.
Randell, a 6th round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2009, played 30 games in Providence last season and only had 2 goals and a -11 rating. He played 1 game with the AHL club this season before being sent down to the ECHL, where he has been under-performing. His lack of production likely meant he was going to stay in the ECHL, but the dire circumstances with the Providence Bruins current roster has warranted calling him up.
Providence has also signed Graham Mink to a professional try out contract. The 33-year-old is a “proven AHL scorer” who has played for the Hershey Bears, Portland Pirates, Worcester Sharks, and Rochester Americans. Says The Providence Journal’s Mark Divver:
At 6’3 and 220 pounds, Graham Mink gives P-Bruins needed size on wing. 243 goals in 686 AHL games for 33-year-old who played at Vermont
The P-Bruins face the Springfield Falcons tonight. Look for a preview coming soon!