JFK re­called, no time­line for McAvoy

B’s give Fors­backa Karls­son a chance at third-line cen­ter

Boston Herald - - SPORTS - By MARISA INGEMI Twit­ter: @Marisa_Ingemi

As the Bru­ins con­tinue to shuf­fle their lines, Jakob Fors­backa Karls­son is get­ting a chance.

The Bru­ins re­called the cen­ter from AHL Prov­i­dence on Fri­day morn­ing, and he’ll go into the lineup on Satur­day night against the Maple Leafs.

“It’s a great feel­ing,” he said. “This is where I want to be. It’s just a great feel­ing.

“I got a lit­tle more ex­pe­ri­ence this time, I know what to ex­pect,” he said. “I’m ready and ex­cited.”

Fors­backa Karls­son has one goal and three as­sists in nine games with Prov­i­dence this sea­son. Known for his 200-foot game and at­ten­tion to de­tail, he still had a lot to work on out of train­ing camp when it seemed he had a shot at mak­ing the team.

“We liked his train­ing camp,” said head coach Bruce Cas­sidy. “We didn’t think he was ready to start here. But he made some plays, he didn’t get scored on. We wanted him to go work on cer­tain things we’ve ad­dressed. Up the com­pete bat­tle in terms of win­ning pucks.”

Fors­backa Karls­son played in one NHL game in 2016 af­ter he left Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity be­fore spend­ing all of last sea­son in the AHL. He to­taled 32 points on 15 goals in 58 games with Prov­i­dence.

“There’s a rea­son why you’re up here, so go out there and do the job the best you can,” said Pa­trice Berg­eron. “It’s cliche but it’s kind of how it has to be. Like the rest of us, it’s be­ing on the puck dur­ing bat­tles and the rest will fall.”

JFK was one of three prospects to com­pete for the third-line cen­ter spot in train­ing camp along with Trent Fred­eric and Jack Studnicka, but none of them earned the role.

With Fred­eric in Prov­i­dence and Studnicka back to ju­nior hockey, where he leads OHL Os­hawa in scor­ing, the Bru­ins have been try­ing to plug the hole ever since.

“We’ve looked at that third line spot and had guys ro­tate in and out of there,” said gen­eral man­ager Don Sweeney. “(JFK) had done some good things early in train­ing camp. He’s had some re­ally strong games.”

With Fors­backa Karls­son in the mid­dle, for now, the Bru­ins will move David Back- es back to the wing. He and An­ders Bjork ro­tated in prac­tice on Fri­day on that line, and Cas­sidy wouldn’t com­mit to who would sit on Satur­day night.

“He’s a cen­ter­man, so he’s go­ing to go play cen­ter on the third line,” said Cas­sidy. “He’ll have Dan­ton (Heinen) on the left wing. He had Backes to­day but could have a dif­fer­ent right winger.”

McAvoy con­cussed

Af­ter his in­jury was shrouded in mys­tery the past cou­ple of weeks, Sweeney said de­fense­man Char­lie McAvoy has been deal­ing with symp­toms.

“Char­lie’s time­line is such that he had sim­i­lar is­sues around train­ing camp,” said Sweeney. “But com­ing out of the Ed­mon­ton game he had a talk with some of our doc­tors and med­i­cal staff that were con­cus­sion more con­cus­sion symp­toms. At that point in time we sent Char­lie home. He’s clearly been in pro­to­col since and pro­gress­ing.”

McAvoy skated be­fore prac­tice on Fri­day morn­ing, but there is still no time­line for his re­turn to game ac­tion.

His sta­tus has been clouded. McAvoy has been out of the lineup for weeks, but a con­cus­sion wasn’t an­nounced as the rea­son for his ab­sence un­til Fri­day.

“He had some on-and-off sim­i­lar is­sues,” said Sweeney. “Com­ing out of Ed­mon­ton was the first time he said, ‘I don’t feel right.’ At that point in time, the symp­toms he de­scribed and talk­ing to our doc­tor, we sent him home.”

The game in Ed­mon­ton where he suf­fered what is now be­ing de­scribed as a con­cus­sion came on Oc­to­ber 18.

“When some­body has those symp­toms, you di­ag­nose them with a con­cus­sion.” said Sweeney.

He also had some symp­toms in China dur­ing the pre­sea­son where he didn’t feel well, but the cur­rent is­sue is re­lated to the hit he took against the Oil­ers.

BOS­TON HER­ALD FILE

ONE MORE LOOK: Jakob Fors­backa Karls­son (cen­ter) is ex­pected to make his first ap­pear­ance with the Bru­ins in 2018 tonight against the Maple Leafs at the Gar­den.

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