Still waiting for Kelly to contribute something Bruins didn’t already have

In retrospect, the Bruins might’ve been wiser to parlay that second-round pick into an extra veteran on the back end. Here they are waiting for the return of Andrew Ference and Steven Kampfer from injury while a guy that hasn’t played since last season — Shane Hnidy — also rehabilitates, and a rookie that’s at least a step or two behind Kampfer in terms of development for the NHL game — Matt Bartkowski — fills in here or there with plays that fall more into the prayer category than the proficient one.

Kelly could turn things around here and be the speedy, gritty threat at both ends of the rink Boston projected on the night of the trade. Maybe we haven’t seen the all-out real Chris Kelly. He has 15 games plus playoffs to make the necessary improvements in his play and validate the trade the brought him here. Otherwise that second-round pick went to waste.

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