|Bruins trade Sobotka for Warsofsky||06.26.10 at 4:57 pm ET|
It may not have been of the magnitude some may have expected in recent days, but the Bruins did trade for a player at the NHL draft. Peter Chiarelli told the media in Los Angeles that the team has traded center Vladimir Sobotka to the St. Louis Blue in exchange for Boston University sophomore defenseman David Warsofsky.
Warsofsky, who hails from Marshfield, had 23 points in each of his first two seasons at BU, though he played in 34 games as a sophomore to his 47 as a freshman. He scored 12 goals this past season.
“He sees the ice, he moves the puck,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said of Warsofsky. “He’s almost a 190 pounds. We seem him a lot. We like him.”
The 20-year-old Warsofsky was orginally selected in the fourth round as the 95th overall pick of the 2008 draft by St. Louis. Prior to attending BU in the fall of 2008, he competed with the USA Under-18 team in the NAHL, playing 15 games and toalling six points (4 G, 2 A).
The Russian-born Sobotka was also a fourth-round pick, but in the 2005 draft. He was up and down between the Providence Bruins and the NHL team over the last three seasons. He played a career-high 61 games this past season, scoring four goals and contributing six assists for 10 points on the year.
Though the team now parts with Sobotka, Chiarelli spoke highly of the restricted free agent.
“He’s like a little wrecking ball, he’s a competitive kid,” Chiarelli said. “We acquired Greg Campbell, we’ve got some more centers coming in. … I talked to Vlady, he’s glad we’re giving him a chance some where else.”
As Chiarelli alluded to, it’s hard to imagine there being a spot on the the depth chart for Sobotka. With Marc Savard, David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, and Campbell already in the mix, Sobotka wouldn’t have had much of a chance to even earn a spot centering a line.
Chiarelli said it was not the team’s intention to pressure Warsofsky into skipping his final two years at BU so he could sign. He will likely spend at least another season playing under Jack Parker.
Prior to trade for Nathan Horton, the belief was that the Bruins would target a defensive prospect with the 15th overall pick. The Bruins now come away from Los Angeles with Warsofsky as their new defense prospect after moving the aforementioned pick to the Panthers.
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