WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer is having an MRI on his injured left knee this afternoon, with coach Claude Julien saying after practice today that the team will release the results once they have them.
Kampfer fell awkwardly in the third period of last night’s preseason game at TD Garden against Ottawa, when he collided with Senators defenseman Jared Cowen. After a few minutes on the ice, Kampfer needed assistance in order to leave, and didn’t put much weight on his left leg. He did not return.
“Until we get those details, we don’t know. We hope it’s looking better, we feel that there’s a possibility that it won’t be the max, and hopefully he’ll be backer sooner than later,” Julien said. “Kampfer had a great game last night. I thought he was extremely good, it was unfortunate that happened to him. He’s earned the opportunity to get back and then continue to battle for that last spot. It’s not going to be a given.”
Depending on the severity, Kampfer’s injury should give the seventh defenseman roster spot to Matt Bartkowski, a second-year pro from Ohio State who played at Providence last year.
“I’m ready to go, but I’d rather earn my spot on the club than have it happen like that,” Bartkowski said.
Based on Julien’s assessment, he may have done that, anyway.
“Yeah, he’s been good. From what I saw last year to this year, stronger, more confident, moves the puck well,” Julien said. “He’s got good size, I find him a lot stronger, and I even see him as a lot bigger of a player this year than he was last year. I think last year there was a little bit of an unsuredness, I guess, and he was looking over his shoulder a little bit, and now he’s just standing tall and making the plays he needs to make.”
The Bruins went for slightly more than an hour today at Ristuccia Arena, with the final preseason game tomorrow against the Islanders in Bridgeport, Conn. The season opens Thursday at the Garden against the Flyers.