Two days ago, the Boston Bruins reassigned defenseman Linus Arnesson from the Djurgardens IF club team of the Swedish Hockey League, to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The Djurgardens team was eliminated from the SHL playoffs earlier this month, which made the move from his countries team to give him a chance to develop, and adjust to the smaller rinks in North American Hockey.
The 20 year-old, 6’-2” 185 pound Stockholm, Sweden native was selected by the Bruins in the second round (60th overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League’s Entry Draft, and has played in 41 games in the SHL this season, registering only five assists.
Arnesson is a “defensive-defenseman” that has good skill, and size that has a knack of not putting him, or his teammates in ugly situations. He has the mobility to make end-to-end rushes, but his sound defensive game is what has made him a valuable prospect that could see time in the NHL soon, with much needed organizational developmental system training in the AHL.
Mark Divver of the Providence Journal (@MarkDivver) tweeted yesterday, that the Swedish defenseman would make his professional debut with injuries to current defensemen Steve Eminger, David Warsofsky, and Chris Breen.
Last night in his debut against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers he contributed one assist, two shots on goal, and was a +1 in a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders top minor-league affiliate.
The Providence Bruins (35-21-7-2) are in second place in the Atlantic Division with 79 points, and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining in the regular season, and are back on home ice this afternoon, when they host the (29-28-7-2) St. John’s Ice Caps at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 3:05pm.