Injury gives Hennessy a chance

Brockton, Mass. native Josh Hennessy will achieve one of his boyhood dreams Friday night, suiting up for the Boston Bruins in Winnipeg.

As a result of the injury to Rich Peverley – who will be out 4-6 weeks with a third degree MCL sprain on his right knee – Hennessy will be in the Bruins lineup Friday night skating between Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Prior to leaving Montreal for Winnipeg on Thursday, Hennessy expressed his excitement to get a chance with the Bruins.

“It’s unfortunate but that’s kind of the way professional sports works and for me personally, I can’t worry about why or how it happened,” Hennessy acknowledged with regards to getting a chance via an injury. “If that is the case and I do get to play, then I am going to be grateful and ready. I was watching most of the games on my couch in Providence and even last week so I couldn’t be more excited.”

Hennessy, now 27, was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He has struggled to find a niche in the NHL with just one goal in 20 games with the Ottawa Senators.

“I think I’m a little more mature and a bit more responsible defensively,” Hennessy told Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com earlier in the week when he was called up Providence in AHL. “I think I can probably fit into a couple of different roles and I hope a different set of eyes on me could make the difference.”

Julien is hoping that hungry attitude to finally stick at the NHL level pays off for him and the Bruins.

“I’ll tell you what he is a great person and I haven’t seen him play a ton but I did see him play when he was with the Remparts and he’s a good player,” Julien recalled. “Let’s not kid ourselves. He’s played in the NHL before but basically we need to see how he fits into our team and I’ll certainly try and use him to our advantage and give him the best chance possible. He’s got a great attitude, he’s young and maybe that’s the way he looks at it. Young players sometimes will put that added pressure on themselves and say ‘well I’ve been in the minors most of the time and enough is enough and I need top prove myself to be an NHLer and this is my last chance.’ But if he does well, who knows what can happen?”