Pittsburgh native Matt Bartkowski traded from Florida to Boston

The Boston Bruins acquired Dennis Seidenberg and prospect Matt Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a 2010 second round draft pick.
Pittsburgh native Matt Bartkowski, a sophmore at Ohio State University, was apart of the deal, traded from Florida to Boston.
Bartkowski who is from Mt. Lebanon, PA, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers (No. 190) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Bartkowski was among the top rookie defensemen in the CCHA last season.
The 6-1, 203-pound defenseman appeared in 41-of-42 games in his freshman season (2008-2009), recording five goals, 15 assists and 20 points, ranking second among defensemen in points.
Bartkowski was the first Buckeye rookie defenseman with 20 points since 2005 and just the third since 2001.
In the 2008-2009 season, Bartkowski ranked rinth among CCHA freshmen in scoring, second among rookie defensemen, and tied for 12th among all blueliners, earing the George Burke Most Valuable Freshman award and the Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player by his teammates.
Bartkowski was also named to the 2009 CCHA All-Rookie Team, first Buckeye defenseman named to the team in 10 years.
An advisee of Bartkowski’s tells me this evening that there is no rush for Bartkowski to turn professional who is an engineering student doing very well at school.
(Stats provided by Ohio State University)

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