The Boston Bruins dealt a few minor-leaguers today in two separate deals.
They traded AHL Providence Bruins’ center Levi Nelson in exchange for Tampa Bay Lightning’s forward Juraj Simek. They have also acquired defenseman Sean Zimmerman and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knackstedt. Both Simek and Zimmerman will report to Providence.
Simek, 23, has 3-6-9 totals in his third season with the AHL Norfolk Admirals. The Slovakian native posted career highs in goals, assists and points with a 21-15-36 scoring line during the 2009-10 AHL season. Simek was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round (167th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Zimmerman, 23, skated in seven games with the AHL Rochester Americans this season. The 6’2’’ 200-pound native of Denver, CO, was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round (170th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Nelson: 3-4-7 in 14 games for the P-Bruins
LoVecchio: 0-3-3 in 22 GP
Knackstedt: 7-5-12 in 22 GP