The Boston Bruins announced Sunday prior to their exhibition game in Washington that they have sent a pair of defensemen back to Major Junior.
Ryan Mast, the team’s sixth-round pick at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft will return to the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Noah Dorey, at Bruins camp as an invite, will return to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.
Dorey could sign an NHL contract prior to opening night in the NHL or he will re-enter the draft for 2022. The fact that he was sent back at this stage suggests a contract won’t be forthcoming but it gave the Bruins a long enough look to decide whether to invest using a draft pick on him in 2022.
As for Mast, the Bruins 181st pick in the 2021 Draft is young and needs to play to develop. Because he was drafted from the CHL his only option was to make the Bruins squad out of camp or return to the Sting. The OHL is in the midst of their exhibition schedule and he should get plenty of ice time and play in all situations in Sarnia.