Prospect Frank Vatrano making unexpected impression early in Bruins career
Bruins prospect Frank Vatrano was a bit of an unknown entering his first professional season with the organization this fall. But Vatrano has raised more than a few eyebrows early, leading the AHL in scoring with seven goals and an assist in five games so far with the Providence Bruins.
Providence coach Bruce Cassidy was full of kind things to say about his new star forward.
“We haven’t had him long enough to know if he’s streaky, but right now, he’s sure on a hot streak,” Cassidy told the Bruins website. “He recognizes that he needs to shoot the puck. That’s the thing about Frankie: He knows what his strength is, and that’s his release and his shot, so he’s not thinking ‘Pass, pass,’ all the time; he’s thinking shoot. Recognizing what you do well and applying it right away has certainly been something he’s bought into right away, and it’s going to help him.”
Vatrano played just one full season at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and he started slowly there, scoring just one goal through the Minutemen's first seven games. Vatrano finished the season with 18 goals and 10 assists in 36 games, good for second on the team.
UMass was one of the worst teams in its league last year, so for Vatrano to jump from that quality of team to the Providence Bruins semi seamlessly is all the more impressive. Five games, however, does not a career make, so Vatrano will still have plenty of time to prove to the organization that he is the real deal.
(h/t Boston Bruins)