Coach Bruce Cassidy announced today that Nick Foligno, out with an upper body injury, could get into the lineup Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers if cleared by the medical staff.

Foligno has been on injured reserve since October 24, 2021. Once moved to the active list, that will put the Bruins up to 24 players on the active roster, one over the 23-player limit. That means that someone will be heading to Providence to open up a roster spot for him on Wednesday morning or immediately following Tuesday’s matchup with the Ottawa Senators.

The most likely candidate to head to the P-Bruins is Jack Studnicka if for no other reason because he is waiver exempt and are probably not ready to make a decision on who to put through the waiver process as of yet.

That decision will have to be made as Anton Blidh, on injured reserve since October 27, 2021 is now eligible to come off injured reserve and he inches towards a return. When Blidh is activated (and barring any further injuries) the Bruins will once again be over the 23-player roster limit. And with no one left on the big club’s roster that is waiver exempt, someone will have to hit the wire.

My guess is it will be Blidh with Karson Kuhlman remaining as the 13th forward.

Published by Dominic Tiano

Following the Ontario Hockey League players eligible for the NHL Draft. I provide season-long stats, updates and player profiles as well as draft rankings.

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