The Boston Bruins saw goaltender Zane McIntyre go pro within the team’s system last spring, signing his entry-level deal with the Atlantic Division club after three successful years at the University of North Dakota.
Now, after a full AHL season and three games this year, he’s earned his first-ever NHL recall.
It was confirmed on Saturday morning, via Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, that McIntyre has been recalled on emergency basis by the Bruins to replace starter Tuukka Rask. It was reported earlier this week that Rask, who has gotten off to an excellent start with Boston this season, is out day to day with what is being described as ‘general soreness’.
Drafted 165th overall by the Bruins in 2010, McIntyre put up three excellent seasons with the University of North Dakota before going pro, recording a .920 save percentage or better in every year of NCAA play.
In his rookie pro campaign, the Thief River Falls, Minnesota native struggled a bit out of the gate, putting up just a .898 save percentage in all situations for the AHL’s Providence Bruins. This year, though, he’s off to a great start; through his first three games with the minor league club, he’s allowed just one goal and put up a .977 save percentage.
The Bruins have backup Anton Khudobin ready to play if Rask is unavailable, so there’s a chance that McIntyre won’t be needed on the ice in any games for the NHL club – but if they deem him a more likely option to win games than the veteran netminder, there’s a chance he could make his NHL debut if Rask is out too long.
The Bruins host the Montreal Canadiens this evening at 7:00 PM EST.