St. Pierre

St. Pierre

He’s only skated for a little more than 20 minutes combined in the two games since he’s joined the big club, but Providence call-up Martin St. Pierre has done enough to reaffirm the positive beliefs Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien had about him dating back even before training camp.

Julien saw enough of St. Pierre during the center’s junior days and time in the AHL to know he’d come in handy down the road. And for good measure, Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward coached St. Pierre in the Edmonton organization and also had faith that the 5-foot-9 could boost the Bruins at some point.

Skating on the fourth line between regular Providence linemate Vladimir Sobotka and Boston tough guy Shawn Thornton, St. Pierre has lived up to his advance billing  in Julien’s eyes.

“We kind of knew what we had. And he’s come in, and I think he’s done a great job and there’s chemistry there between him and Sobotka – there’s no doubt,” Julien said after practice today in Wilmington. “He’s got a good stick, a long stick – which you probably saw – but even the other night, we used him on the PK. I thought he did a great job getting in the shooting lanes, patient with (the puck). Again, with the long stick he’s able to poke check the puck and everything else and cut those passes off. So he’s got a lot of good things going for him.”