The Boston Bruins Sign Former Norte Dame Standout Anders Bjorne to Entry-Level Deal
The Bruins the last couple of years have been competitive and certainly a good team, but they haven’t been a title contender, and in Boston that’s the expectation.
So how do they get back there?
Signing big free agents? Not usually their style. Trading in their chips for a proven veteran NHL star? Maybe. But not likely if the team likes what they have in those trade chips. Which is the case these days for the B’s. So that leaves just one other possibility… Build from within? And judging recent drafts, and Boston more importantly standing pat (for the most part) the last couple of trade deadlines, it would appear that’s what the team has decided to do.
It started with former Boston University standout, Charlie McAvoy, coming up late in the year and showing well, and in spurts being the best Bruin on the ice during the playoffs. However now there’s two more following right in his skates: One being Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (JFK), and now Anders Bjork from Notre Dame.
Boston now has a nice combination of top-end veteran NHL talent, to go along with blue chip prospects that are knocking on the door as early as this upcoming season. The only thing really standing in their way is getting these kids valuable NHL experience.
The former Fighting Irish forward (Bjork), is the most recent example of a college player to leave school and sign an entry-level contract deal with Boston. Assuming his special talent carries into the NHL, Anders is a very exciting talent heading into the summer that has all tools to be successful right out the gate.
In 39 games with the Fighting Irish last season, he finished with an impressive 52 points. Anders Bjork was originally selected by Boston in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 146th overall. However despite being drafted by the Bruins, he opted to spend three seasons playing for the Fighting Irish. With this signing on Tuesday, another promising prospect will be welcomed into the fold next season.
Now with the Bruins filling in the gaps with the kids to play along side of the veterans, the only thing left from being a true contender again, is time. Boston has chosen their path to being a Championship contender, and it’s a lot closer than you think.