The Boston Bruins announced today that forward Rich Peverly suffered a third degree MCL sprain and will miss 4-6 weeks. The injury occured during Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens when Peverley was struck knee on knee by Canadien defenseman and former Bruin, Hal Gill.
Peverley has been a vital player for the Bruins since he joined the Bruins at this time last year, helping the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup in 39 years.
But with this tragedy comes opportunity. Massachusetts native Josh Hennessy will likely get the start for his hometown favorite Bruins tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. This will be his first start for the Bruins. He played 20 games for the Ottawa Senators scattered over the last four seasons, registering one goal and zero assists. His AHL numbers have been good, though, averaging over 20 goals a season for the Binghamton Senators and Cleveland Barons. His most productive season was with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL when he had 40 goals and 42 assists in just 59 games. This year for the Providence Bruins, Hennessy notched 15 goals and 15 assists in 49 games.
The 27 year old, originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft will likely play wing even though he’s a natural center, but coach Claude Julien said that can change.
“If Tyler [Seguin] can go to wing, I think so can Josh,” Julien said. “At one point if you want to play, you got to play where the areas are open. If we feel someone can play the wing and he really needs to play center we’ll make that adjustment.”
Look for Hennessy to wear number 62 for the Bruins.
Hennessy might play on the fourth line, while Daniel Paille jumps up to the third line.