With NHL’s holiday roster freeze approaching, Bruins make a pair of minor moves

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The Bruins made a pair of minor tweaks to their roster on a scheduled off day on Tuesday, with the club placing forward Gemel Smith on waivers and assigning Jeremy Lauzon to the Providence Bruins.

Both Smith and Lauzon haven’t seen much action over the last week with the B’s, with Smith tabbed as a healthy scratch for Boston’s last three games. Since Charlie McAvoy’s return to the lineup earlier this month, Lauzon has yet to play — with his last appearance on the ice coming all the way back on Dec. 4 against the Panthers.

Added as a waiver-wire pickup back on Dec. 6, Smith joined Boston’s fourth line as a speedy, skilled player who did boast favorable scoring numbers with higher usage rates during his last stop in Dallas. However, he didn’t make much of an impact with the B’s, averaging 10:00 of ice time with zero points.

If no other NHL team claims Smith, he will be sent down to the Providence Bruins.

An emergency call-up after a string of injuries decimated Boston’s blue line, Lauzon was solid in his first stint up in the NHL — playing in 15 games and averaging 15:32 of ice time while logging reps on the penalty kill.

During the most trying stretches of Boston’s battle with the injury bug, the 21-year-old defenseman averaged 24:11 TOI during back-to-back matchups against the Stars and Coyotes.

BSJ Analysis

There are a couple of factors to process when it comes to Boston’s latest string of roster moves, namely the NHL’s annual roster freeze that comes around during the holiday season.