Senyshyn asks Bruins for a trade

Zach Senyshyn has scored 48 goals in 213 games for the P-Bruins. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

Zach Senyshyn is looking for a fresh start. Through his agent, he has asked Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney for a trade.

“It’s been a long journey with Boston and Providence. Obviously, I’m super-thankful to everyone in Providence for all of their help in the development of my game, but I want to play in the NHL. I feel like I haven’t been given that opportunity in the Bruins organization,’’ Senyshyn said by phone from Ottawa, where he is home for Christmas.

Drafted in the first round (No. 15) in 2015, Senyshyn is midway through his fifth season with the AHL’s Providence Bruins. In three brief stints in the NHL, the most recent in 2020-21, he’s played 14 games, scoring a goal and two assists.

“I feel like my game has gotten to that level where I’m ready to play and I’m ready to make an impact. With the way the Bruins organization has been going, it just doesn’t seem like I’m in the mix.’’

The 2015 first round – in which Boston picked Jakub Zboril (No. 13) and Jake DeBrusk (No. 14) immediately before Senyshyn – continues to be a lightning rod for criticism of Boston management with no end in sight.

“I just feel like I need a fresh start. With all of the backlash with the media, considering where I was drafted and everything going on there, it’s just been a lot emotionally. I feel as though a fresh start is best,’’ Senyshyn said.

“I’m not really being utilized in (the Boston) organization. I’m not being used at all. I feel as though it’s better for them to get some return and for me to get a fresh start.’’

A goal-scoring winger with the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL, Senyshyn has been remade in the AHL as a two-way player with elite speed. With Providence, he is an effective forechecker who can kill penalties and chip in offensively. This season he is tied with Oskar Steen for the team lead in goals with eight. In the NHL, he projects as a bottom-six player.

“I’ve developed a lot as a player from when I first came into the (AHL). I feel like my game has grown a lot. I think we’re just at that point where, I’m 24 years old, about to be 25, if they don’t want to use me as an asset now, there’s only so much more I can do to try to fit into their fold,’’ he said.

“For me it’s come to the point where we can part ways and I can help another team that needs more help than the Bruins need, in my skill set, at least. I feel like I have a unique skill set where I’m a fast skater and I can play up and down the lineup now thanks to the development I’ve had (in the AHL).’’

Senyshyn was last recalled in March 2021 after a fast start in the AHL, but suffered an upper-body injury in his first game. Recently, he was not one of the players called up when Boston was battling a COVID outbreak.

Obviously, that hit home.

“I mean, I’ve been a guy who was in the (playoff) bubble (in 2020), who has been a loyal soldier for a long time. Time and time again, guys have been put ahead of me and those guys have been given the opportunity to develop and grow.

“If I was given some of those opportunities at the NHL level, maybe I would have been able to produce. Obviously, injuries plagued me when I was up there, but I still feel as though my game has always been there to be able to contribute and to at least be a positive effect on that group up there,’’ he said.

Senyshyn, an assistant captain the last two seasons, said he will report to Providence after the holiday break and continue to work on his game.

“My biggest priority is getting my game to be the best it can be and that’s going to be by playing and being a good leader and teammate and doing all those things. It won’t be by sitting at home. My focus is still on developing my game and helping my team, but I’m just at the point now where I’m ready for that change,’’ he said.

Senyshyn’s agent is Andy Scott of Octagon Hockey, the same agency that represents DeBrusk, who has also asked to be traded.

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

It was a trying week for the Providence Bruins, to say the least.

Players came and went as Boston wrestled with its COVID outbreak. There was a lot of time on the bus as the team made stops in Bridgeport, Glens Falls, N.Y. and Laval, Quebec. There was time spent looking for replacement players. Saturday’s scheduled game in Belleville was postponed after the Senators shut down.

On the ice, the P-Bruins came away with a split. They dug deep to beat Bridgeport in a shootout, 2-1, on Wednesday. Then, running on empty, they lost in Laval, 6-3, on Friday.

“It’s been a hard two weeks,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel. “It would have been nice to have some continuity, but it is what it is, I guess.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Troy Grosenick had a strong game in the win in Bridgeport. He stopped 27 of 28 shots, then denied all five Bridgeport players in the shootout.

— Cameron Hughes scored an absolute beauty of a goal early in the game in Laval, undressing a defenseman and then burying his shot. He added an assist later on.

— Alex-Olivier Voyer scored his first of the season with a nice shorthanded goal in Bridgeport.

— Sammy Asselin played two feisty, energetic games and buried the winner in the shootout against the Islanders.

— Urho Vaakanainen had assists in both games.

— Signed to a PTO to fill out the roster, Alexis D’Aoust made a positive impression with a goal on his first shift in his only game.

— As of Monday morning, Jakub Lauko (knee) and Ian McKinnon (COVID protocol) were back at practice.


— After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and nearly going up by three (Brady Lyle rang the pipe), the P-Bruins gave up six straight goals on Friday.

— The P-Bruins gave up three power play goals in Laval.

— The refereeing in Laval wasn’t the reason Providence lost, but it was very inconsistent. In the first two periods, refs Beau Halkidis and Elizabeth Mantha called five penalties against Providence and none against Laval. In the third period, with Laval up by four goals, they slapped the Rocket with four straight penalties and called none against the P-Bruins. It sure looked like a blatant bid to smooth out the scoresheet.


— The P-Bruins’ bus arrived home from Laval at around 5 a.m. on Saturday.

— If one puck goes into the net off a defending player, that’s a tough break. When it happens to the same team three times in the same game, you know it’s not your night. That’s what happened on Friday night. A shot hit John Moore’s skate and went in. Another deflected in off the stick of Aaron Ness. Then Zach Senyshyn tried to nudge the puck back to Troy Grosenick for a whistle, but it slid across the goal line. At that point, it was a good idea for the Rocket to send someone out to buy lottery tickets.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Matt Filipe

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Grit, character, guts.

The Providence Bruins displayed all of the above and more during an exceptional three-in-three weekend.

Coming off a COVID-19 shutdown, the P-Bruins took home four of six points despite playing without some of their top players, including Steven Fogarty, Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Wagner and Brady Lyle.

On Friday, with six ECHL callups in the lineup, Providence looked like a team that hadn’t played in two weeks in losing to the Belleville Senators, 4-1, at home.

They rebounded on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds. Kyle Keyser pitched a very satisfying shutout with 24 saves, putting a damper on Teddy Bear Toss night before a big crowd at the MassMutual Center.

Back home on Sunday, the P-Bruins got a goal from Cameron Hughes 99 seconds into the game and went on to record a thorough 5-1 win against the Toronto Marlies.

“This weekend says a lot about our older guys. Not everyone could see practice when we had three forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. The common denominator was Aaron Ness and how he dragged everybody along,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel.

“The juice is always good around here. We have a lot of good quality veterans who drag guys into the fight and don’t let them off the hook. They make my job extremely easy in that regard.

“The other part of it is (director of player development and player personnel adviser) Jamie Langenbrunner, (assistant GM) Evan Gold, and (assistant coach) Matt Thomas did a great job of identifying guys in the ECHL that were playing well. I thought all of those guys came up and played really well for us and it wasn’t easy. We basically had training camp all over again with teaching systems and it gave our staff time to dig into where our deficiencies were.”

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Oskar Steen scored twice on Sunday. He leads the team in scoring with 8-7-15 in 14 games. He’s scoring on 23.5 percent of his shots.

— Providence finished the weekend in third place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .600. Only Hartford and Springfield are ahead of them.

— Kyle Keyser posted his first shutout of the season with 24 saves against the Thunderbirds. Instead of throwing their teddy bears on the ice after Springfield’s first goal, fans had to wait until after the game.

— Kyle Grosenick made timely saves in Sunday’s win. His save percentage is .931.

— Jack Studnicka had six shots and scored Providence’s only goal on Friday and was credited with two primary assists on Sunday.

— Justin Brazeau scored twice on Saturday and added another one on Sunday. Keltie Jeri-Leon gave Providence some breathing room with a third-period goal in Springfield. Both players were called up from Maine.

— Eduards Tralmaks assisted on both of Justin Brazeau’s goals on Saturday and was a standout on Sunday with a goal and eight shots.

— The P-Bruins scored five seconds after Matt Filipe’s fight on Sunday, then added another one 24 seconds later. Not saying there was a connection. Not saying there wasn’t.

— Nick Wolff had two primary assists and was plus-three on Sunday.

— Defenseman Wyatt Ege, recalled from Cincinnati, was plus-three on Saturday and had four shots on Sunday.

— With one fighting major on both Friday and Saturday and two on Sunday, Providence is now tied for third in the AHL with 12 fighting majors.


— Being forced to play a three-in-three coming out of a COVID shutdown was not right, regardless of the results. Postponing Friday’s game and giving the team an extra day would have been the right thing to do.

— Providence plays its next seven games on the road.

— They gave up their fourth shorthanded goal on Sunday, tied for second-most in the league.

— Eduards Tralmaks was crosschecked in the teeth by Toronto’s Joseph Duszak on Sunday. Duszak received two minutes for interference.

— Kyle Keyser’s misplay behind the net allowed Belleville’s Scott Sabourin to score an easy goal on Friday.


— Injured/ill: Josiah Didier, Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Wagner, Steven Fogarty, Brady Lyle, Jakub Lauko, Ian McKinnon