(Feb. 12, 2017 - Maddie Meyer, Getty Images/North America)
Just days after the Bruins signed Boston University defenseman, Charlie McAvoy, to an entry level contract, the Bruins add forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson. The 20-year-old center will report right away to the Bruins, and join them for their final 3 games. Another big move for the Bruins as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in 3 years.
Forsbacka-Karlsson has already drawn comparisons to his new teammate, Patrice Bergeron, as a potential top-tier defensive forward. On top of that, he's no slouch on offense either, potting 24 goals and 39 assists in 78 career collegiate games. If that skillset can translate to the National Hockey League, the Bruins can look back at their second round selection in the 2015 Entry Draft as a steal, and add him to the plethora of young talent in the Bruins system,
As for how JFK's career in Boston will begin this season, I imagine he will not dress against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at the Garden, as he begins to get comfortable playing alongside the likes of Riley Nash, Noel Acciari, and Matt Beleskey. However, after Tuesday, I believe he's fair game to play his first NHL game on Thursday, as the Bruins play their final game against the Ottawa Senators. If I had to guess, he'd play on the third or fourth line, and see as few minutes as possible, in hopes to get his feet wet at the NHL level.
The Bruins are making all the right moves regarding their young guys. It's going to be fun watching these players, like JFK, develop and see what kind of players they'll be down the road as the Bruins look to get back to the top of the Hockey Empire.