Sobotka, St. Pierre & Lashoff Return to Rhode Island
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned forwards Vladimir Sobotka and Martin St. Pierre, and defenseman Matt Lashoff to Providence. With the moves, the P-Bruins have 23 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Sobotka, 21, was recalled by Boston on January 14, since appearing in four games while tallying one assist. Overall, the second-year center has scored three points (g, 2a) in 19 games for Boston over three recalls this season. Sobotka scored his lone NHL goal of the year on December 21, 2008 at the St. Louis Blues before later suiting up for his 100th professional game on January 15 against the New York Islanders. The forward has 23 points (11g, 12a) in 19 games for Providence. He returns riding a seven-game AHL point-streak (3g, 6a) dating back to November 28, 2008.
Sobotka split the 2007-08 campaign between Boston and Providence, appearing in 48 regular season games with Boston while amassing seven points (g, 6a), plus another six Stanley Cup Playoff contests, where he scored two goals versus the Montreal Canadiens. A native of Trebic, Czech Republic, Sobotka had 20 points (10g, 10a) and a plus-12 rating in 18 regular season games for the P-Bruins a year ago. He was drafted by Boston 106th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
St. Pierre, 25, was recalled to Boston on January 12, where has he scored two goals and added two assists in 14 games over three recalls this season. The first-year Bruin appeared in last night's 4-3 shootout win for Boston at the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring a goal in the shootout. He returns to Providence, where he ranks second on the team with 38 points and first with 28 assists in 32 games. St. Pierre will be one of three P-Bruins to represent the club at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications this weekend, joining Johnny Boychuk on the Canadian team while Martins Karsums suits up for the PlanetUSA squad. The All-Star selection is the fourth straight for St. Pierre after serving as the starting center each of the last two years. The undrafted native of Ottawa, Ontario, leads Providence with 11 multiple-point games and he has produced four point-streaks of at least four games, including an 11-point (2g, 9a), six-game run in November. His performance earned him the P-Bruins' November Player of the Month award after totaling 16 points, including 12 assists, over 14 games.
St. Pierre was recalled to Boston for the first time on December 20, 2008, making his Bruins debut the following night on the road against St. Louis in a 6-3 Boston win. The fifth-year pro recorded his first career Boston point that night with an assist and added his first Bruins goal on December 30, 2008 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-2 victory. Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on November 12, 2005, St. Pierre was acquired by Boston in a July 24, 2008 trade for left wing Pascal Pelletier. Prior to joining Boston, St. Pierre appeared in 21 career NHL games in three seasons for Chicago, scoring four points (g, 3a).
Lashoff, 22, returns to Providence after appearing in 16 games for Boston over three recalls. The defenseman has recorded one NHL point this season, an assist on January 10 in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He saw considerable action for Boston, enjoying more than 10 minutes of ice-time in 12 of his 16 contests and better than 15 minutes in six games.
The fourth-year Bruin has 16 points (4g, 12a) in 18 games for Providence this year, which ranked third among AHL defensemen at the time of his first call-up on December 1, 2008. He has yet to appear in a P-Bruins game since despite two previous assignments. Lashoff registered a five-game AHL point-streak in mid-October, followed by his best game of the season on November 14, 2008 against the Worcester Sharks in which he scored a goal and added three assists for a four-point game and a plus-four rating.
A native of East Greenbush, New York, Lashoff split the 2007-08 campaign between Boston and Providence, earning five points (g, 4a) in 18 games for Boston while matching a career-high with 36 points (9g, 27a) for the P-Bruins. The two-time PlanetUSA AHL All-Star starter was drafted by Boston 22nd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.