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Matt Bartkowski | Defenseman

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
College: Ohio State

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Matt Bartkowski has really picked up his game since fellow Bruin blueliner Dennis Seidenberg tore up his knee last month.
The Bruins' coaching staff has doled out some of Seidenberg's playing time to Bartkowski and the 25-year-old rearguard has responded with solid play. "I think the more minutes [Bartkowski] has played, the better we've seen him play," said Boston bench boss Claude Julien. "It's kind of a normal thing for players: the more you play, the more you're involved and the better you play on most occasions. I think he's played his better hockey as of late, which is a good sign for us." Bartkowski has received over 20 minutes of ice time in six of his last nine games and has been fairly consistent in administering hits. Now if he could only increase his shot blocking (only 30 this season) and his offence (no goals and eight points) we might be willing to recommend him. Jan 25 - 9:00 AM

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Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch on Monday.

Bartkowski has played fairly regularly lately, although he doesn't do too much offensively. He has just six points in 22 games this season. Still, if he does manage to establish himself as an every game defenseman at the NHL level, he might have some value in leagues that use hits as a category. As it is he has 46 hits in 2013-14.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 02:10:00 PM

Matt Bartkowski registered an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against Carolina.

Bartkowski has five points in 11 games this season. After spending a good chunk of time as a healthy scratch in October and early November, Bartkowski has played in seven straight contests.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 08:57:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski recorded two assists in Friday's 4-2 loss to Ottawa.

Bartkowski has picked up four assists in just seven games. He's not playing often enough to warrant picking up in standard leagues, but he's worth keeping an eye on because his value will need to be reassessed if he manages to earn a regular top-six defenseman spot.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 09:04:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski was back in Boston's lineup Monday after being a healthy scratch for nine of the club's last 10 games.

"I thought he played well tonight for his first game back in a long time," said coach Claude Julien. "So I don't know if it's an adjustment more than he's practiced hard and he's worked hard. And because of that he's able to step into our lineup and play the way he did tonight." He contributed an assist and earned a plus-2 rating in 16:24 of ice time.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 06:35:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski will probably suit up in his fifth game of the season on Monday afternoon against Tampa Bay.

Adam McQuaid is doubtful to play because of what is suspected to be a groin injury. He has been working as an extra defenseman with the Bruins and he's played one game since Oct. 17.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski, a healthy scratch for the Bruins' first three contests, could draw into the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jackets.

Bartkowski played his college hockey in Columbus with Ohio State and has many friends in town. It would make sense for Boston coach Claude Julien to insert him into the Boston lineup as he would be plenty motivated to do well.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 08:45:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch for Boston's first two games, but coach Claude Julien intends to use him at some point.

"We've got some good young players that need to play, especially early in the year," Julien said. "You've got to give those guys opportunities to play. So when that's going to happen, I'm not sure yet, but certainly don't expect to see him in the stands for a whole month." Bartkowski made Boston's roster out of training camp as the team's seventh defenseman.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 06:47:00 AM

Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski is a healthy scratch for Thursday's season opener.

Both Torrey Krug and Dougie Hamilton are in the lineup, forcing Bartkowski to the press box for the time being. It's unlikely you were relying on him, but just in case you're in an exceptionally deep league, it's time to replace him with someone else.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 07:19:00 PM

Matt Bartkowski might open the regular season as Boston's seventh defenseman.

He has been good during training camp, but Torey Krug's power-play prowess is expected to keep him in the lineup for opening night.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:07:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski has drawn praise from coach Claude Julien early into training camp.

"The thing I've noticed is that he's come to camp in better shape than he ever has," Julien said. "That's the sign of a player maturing into a good pro. He's obviously figured it out, so that's a good start for Matt." The Boston bench boss added that an roster spot is "basically his job to lose." However, that position may come as the team's seventh defenseman.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 07:54:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch for the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals.

It's unfortunate for him that he didn't get to play in his hometown in Games 1 and 2, but he understands the tough lineup decisions that the team has to make. "Yeah, I mean, it's disappointing not playing," said Bartkowski, who grew up in Mount Lebanon, Pa. "But at the end of the day, it's coach's decision, there's nothing I can do about it and we won the game. That's the most important thing." Andrew Ference, who returned from a lower-body injury in Round 3, has replaced Bartkowski in the lineup.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 07:59:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski will be heading to his hometown of Pittsburgh to face the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals later this week.

"It'll be fun," Bartkowski said. "I was part of the (Mario) Lemieux era and I don't think I'd be skating if he wasn’t there. It's kind of cool we get to play playoffs in my hometown. I mean at the end of the day, I'm on Boston and that's Pittsburgh. We're there to win." The 24-year-old blueliner has fit in nicely with the Bruins after being thrust into action due to injuries. Bartkowski has two points, 21 hits and a minus-1 rating in seven postseason contests, while averaging 19:46 of ice time per game.
Wed, May 29, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski has made the Boston Bruins feel good about the fact they missed out on Jarome Iginla.

Bartkowski was going to be part of the Iginla trade that collapsed. However, Bartkowski has stepped up in the playoffs, chipping in both physically and a bit offensively. "If you’re asking me am I happy because I kept him instead of getting Iginla, yes. Now, yes," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said. "He’s helped us. You’ve seen him emerge. But it also shows you that we’re willing to give up good players to try and help the team win now."
Mon, May 27, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Matt Bartkowski scored his first NHL goal in the Bruins' Game 7 win.

It was the game's first goal, coming at 5:39. Bartkowski, in only his 23rd game, found the net and also had three shots on goal. Bruins coach Claude Julien was happy how his young defensemen, Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton, played. "You have to find a way to give credit to those two young guys on the back end —Hamilton and obviously Bartkowski," Julien said. "Bartkowski was moving the puck and carrying it so well tonight, and he scored a big goal for us. I saw Dougie Hamilton get more and more comfortable as the game went on as far as carrying the puck and making plays. You talk about people coming in, well we were minus three real good veterans in our back end, so that’s half your core, and those guys come in and do a heck of a job.
Tue, May 14, 2013 09:09:00 AM

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2Patrice Bergeron
3Chris Kelly
4Gregory Campbell
5Alexander Khokhlachev
6Matt Lindblad
7Marc Savard
LW1Milan Lucic
2Brad Marchand
3Carl Soderberg
4Daniel Paille
5Jordan Caron
6Matt Fraser
RW1Jarome Iginla
2Loui Eriksson
3Reilly Smith
4Shawn Thornton
5Justin Florek
D1Zdeno Chara
2Dennis Seidenberg
3Johnny Boychuk
4Matt Bartkowski
5Torey Krug
6Dougie Hamilton
7Andrej Meszaros
8Adam McQuaid
9Kevan Miller
10Corey Potter
G1Tuukka Rask
2Chad Johnson