WILMINGTON — David Pastrnak isn’t the only young Bruins forward who has received bad injury news this week, as B’s general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday said that Providence forward Alexander Khokhlachev will miss approximately four to six weeks with a finger injury.
After jumping out to lead the AHL in points through 10 games, Khokhlachev was called up for a two-game stint with the B’s last week. He suffered his injury in his first game back with Providence on Saturday, requiring surgery.
“He went up to Utica and fell on his hand, and he had a fracture, a small crack in his little finger, so he had surgery to put a pin in and stabilize that,” Sweeney said. “His timeframe — everybody’s different, but it’s probably four to six.”
This marks an undoubtedly frustrating development for a player who has been open with his frustrations with his role in the Bruins organization. Khokhlachev, 22, vented in the preseason about the Bruins not giving him the chance to be an NHL player. With this injury, he’ll have to wait even longer.
Khokhlachev, a second-round pick of the Bruins in the 2011 draft, is in the final year of his entry-level contract. He has led Providence in points in each of the last two seasons.