The timeline isn’t exactly what both Zach Senyshyn and the Bruins were expecting, but close to four years after Boston selected the dynamic winger with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, Senyshyn is set to finally make his debut up in the NHL ranks.
Senyshyn, who will be the last skater selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft to make his NHL debut, is set to play during Thursday’s matchup against Minnesota after getting called up from Providence on an emergency basis. Trent Frederic was also recalled in the transaction.
With numerous players sitting out of practice on Wednesday, it’s unclear where exactly Senyshyn will slot into the lineup, but the 22-year-old forward primarily skated with Charlie Coyle during rushes at the Xcel Energy Center.
Considered a bit of a reach in the first round back in 2015 (especially with … *sigh* ... guys like Mathew Barzal, Thomas Chabot, Kyle Conner and Brock Boes ... you know the story), Senyshyn drew praise for his play down in the OHL — using his plus speed and strong frame to be an effective scorer down at the junior level. Over his final two seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Senyshyn tallied a combined 87 goals.
His next two seasons up in the AHL have offered a bit of a steeper challenge — with the winger only tallying 26 goals over a combined 128 games down with Providence. Still, with his size, two-way potential and noted creativity in the offensive zone, the forward still does have a chance to offer something down in the road up at the pro level, even if he hasn’t taken off as other first-round picks.