Alex Khokhlachev has led the Providence Bruins in scoring for the past two years. He’s been in every major Bruins prospect ranking around, and now he wants his opportunity at the NHL.
The Boston Bruins and he do not see eye to eye, however.
“Boston should make a decision with me,” Khokhlachev said to WEEI.com at Saturday’s training camp. “€œI’€™ve waited for my chance already. Two years. I’€™m just still waiting. We’€™ll see. They should make a decision. Give me a chance, or I don’€™t know. We’€™ll see [what] they’€™ll do.”€
Khokhlachev was a second round pick in 2011 to the Bruins and he has four career NHL contests, including one last season when he scored the game-winning shootout goal to propel Boston o a victory.
“€œThis is my last year of my contract,”€ he said. “I’€™m 22 already. If they don’€™t give me the chance to play, why am I here? I will not play in Providence all my life. They told me, ‘€˜Just wait for your chance.’€™ I’€™m still waiting for it.”
Knokhlachev made it clear that he doesn’t want to be with the organization any longer if it’s not in the NHL, but he wouldn’t commit to demanding a trade.
“I played two games and the third game I played two minutes,” he said of his NHL season to WEEI.com. “I don’€™t think that’€™s really a chance. I played fourth line. It doesn’€™t really matter what line I play, but I don’€™t think it’€™s really a chance to be played two games.”
Khokhlachev will be hard pressed to make the Bruins roster this season. Since he can only play center, and it seems like Chris Kelly will be centering the fourth line, it would take a massive effort to crack the roster. Kelly’s wingers are expected to be Max Talbot and Zac Rinaldo, both of which could be bumped by Khokhlachev if he could play wing.
There would be a chance he goes to the KHL, but he expressed that he would much rather be in the NHL. Khokhlachev has certainly proven everything he has to in the American Hockey League at this point, but it might just be an issue of lack of space on the NHL club.