The Bruins have promoted Mikko Lehtonen from Providence on an emergency basis. Lehtonen will participate in tomorrow’s morning skate and will be available for the game against the Canadiens.
The recall indicates that the Bruins were down to less than 12 healthy forwards following last night’s 2-0 loss to Detroit.
The second-year pro has scored three goals and seven assists in 11 games for Providence. The right wing netted a team-leading 28 goals last year as a rookie. The 6-foot-5, 203-pound Lehtonen was the team’s third-round pick in 2005. Lehtonen made his NHL debut last season when he played against Buffalo in the second-to-last regular-season game.
Lehtonen is a fast and skilled player (Blake Wheeler is a comparable).