By Trading Vladimir Sobotka, Bruins Add Defensive Depth, Free Up Space at Center


The Boston Bruins continued to build their defensive depth on the second day of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft Saturday.

After using their seventh-round draft pick on Russian defenseman Maxim Chudinov of the Kontinental Hockey League’s Cherepovets Severstal, the Bruins went out and traded for Marshfield, Mass., native and Boston University defenseman David Warsofsky in exchange for center Vladimir Sobotka.

“Well, he’s good, he sees the ice, moves the puck, he’s 190 pounds, we like him,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said of Warsofsky. “He had a great World Juniors too (winning gold).”

Trading Sobotka should alleviate some of the logjam at the center position on the Bruins depth chart after taking three more pivots at the draft this weekend, including second-overall pick Tyler Seguin.

Chiarelli made it clear though, the move wasn’t because the Bruins didn’t like Sobotka, the Czech center they selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

“He’s like a little wrecking ball and he’s a great kid,” Chiarelli said of Sobotka. “But I mean, we acquired Greg Campbell, we got some more centers coming in. Vladdy on the wing with his size, it’s not that he has size difficulty but he had trouble getting comfortable.

I talked to Vladdy and he’s happy that we’re giving him a chance somewhere else and again, a good kid, I like the way he plays, he’s belligerent, he protects the puck well. We just moved him to another organization now where he’s going to get a better chance.”

Chiarelli indicated that the Bruins will not urge Warsofsky to leave BU for the pros just yet.

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