Despite being given the reins for a wide open third line center role, he failed to solidify a true role, posting a 41.9 EV CF%, and a dismal 33% faceoff win % all while starting 67% of his even strength zone starts in the offensive zone. While he did score twice, both were “right place right time” netfront goals, and he struggled immensely to both shoot and land shots on goals, being credited with only 3 total in his 9 NHL games. He finished this NHL stint landing less than a single shot on goal per game (11:53 ATOI) and earned criticism for his effort level from Bruce Cassidy prior to his string of healthy scratches.
To the surprise of most, Providence call-up Colby Cave largely outperformed the much more touted JFK, which I doubt many could have predicted.
He will get regular playing time in Providence and hopefully regain some confidence. With him being sent down, the Bruins roster sits at 22 out of a possible 23 contracts, although McAvoy is expected to return in the coming weeks. Perhaps Don Sweeney has finally seen enough to sign Jan Kovar, Lee Stempniak or make a trade for a Center as Kuraly, Nordstrom, Backes and JFK have all failed to take the 3C role and with the team missing All-World center, Patrice Bergeron who is expected out for weeks.