The Boston Bruins have announced that they have traded for defenseman Blake Parlett from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Parlett has been playing in the AHL for the Springfield Falcons and has four goals and 4 assists in 37 games this season.
When Dennis Seidenberg went down, the Bruins were lacking size at the defenseman position as they sent out Torey Krug (5’9) and David Warsofsky (5’9) on Thursday night. The smaller defenseman looked over-matched as the Bruins fell to the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in overtime.
The downside to the trade is that the 24 year old Parlett has never played in the NHL. His young career has consisted of the AHL, JHL and OHL.
The Bruins gave up Carter Camper, a center with three NHL games of experience. This isn’t the ideal trade because ideally the Bruins would have wanted an established presence with Chara, but Parlett is right-handed, which compliments Chara’s lefty shot.
I would expect the Bruins to make another move to acquire another bigger defenseman because the ideal situation is one to stick on the first line with Chara, but due to lack of experience I doubt Parlett is the guy that will get those minutes.