BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 30, that the team has recalled forwards Austin Czarnik and Seth Griffith from Providence on an emergency basis. This is the first career NHL recall for Czarnik. Both players will join Boston on Wednesday for their 11 am practice in Wilmington.
Czarnik has skated in 59 games with Providence in 2015-16, tallying 15 goals and 37 assists for 52 points with a plus-13 rating. The 5’9”, 167-pound forward ranks 10th in the AHL in assists and 17th in points in his rookie season with the P-Bruins.
Prior to joining Providence, Czarnik finished up his senior season at Miami University (Ohio) in 2014-15, appearing in 40 games while registering nine goals (tied for fifth on the team) and 36 assists (led the team) for 45 points (led the team) with a plus-five rating. The forward led the Redhawks the previous three seasons (2012-14) in both assists and points.
At the collegiate level with the Redhawks, the 23-year-old competed in 159 games and racked up 46 goals and 123 assists for 169 points (1.06 points per game average). Czarnik was named a Hobey Baker finalist in 2012-13 and served as team captain for his junior and senior campaigns.
The Washington, Michigan native signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins on March 31, 2015.
Griffith has played in 51 games with Providence in 2015-16, recording 22 goals and 45 assists for 67 points with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating. The 23-year-old forward leads the AHL in points and is third in the league in points this season. In 2014-15, he skated in 39 games, tallying 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points, and in his first season with the P-Bruins in 2013-14, the 5’9”, 191-pound forward posted 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points in 69 games.
Griffith, 23, has also appeared in 32 games with the Boston Bruins over two seasons from 2014-16, totaling six goals and five assists for 11 points.
The Wallaceburg, Ontario native was originally drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.