The Charlie McAvoy Era in Boston has officially begun.
Minutes ago, the Boston Bruins signed former Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy to the typical three-year entry-level deal that is given to collegiate players. This move will burn McAvoy's first year of eligibility, meaning he will be due a big pay raise after two full seasons in the NHL. If McAvoy plays in one second of a game this season, he will burn the first year of eligibility and get his money one year sooner.
Nonetheless, this move makes a lot of sense if you have been watching the Bruins for the past week. The Bruins are limping into the playoffs, especially in regard to their defensive core. Torey Krug was seen leaving the TD Garden in a full leg cast and, while he appears on the injury report as day-to-day, does not look to be ready to start the first round of the playoffs against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Furthermore, in the season finale against the Washington Capitals, both Colin Miller and Brandon Carlo were injured and their statuses remain uncertain. While it looks like the Bruins dodged a bullet with Miller, Carlo looks to be pretty banged up and could miss some time.
Down two defenseman, it makes sense that the Bruins are going to call up one of the blue chip prospects in the NHL. The Bruins really didn't have a choice, as Joe Morrow and Matt Grzelcyk, who are two possible replacements for Krug and Carlo, aren't necessarily NHL-ready players and could be a huge liability come playoff time.
McAvoy was the 14th overall selection by the Boston Bruins in the 2016 NHL Draft and spent two seasons at BU. In 75 games as a Boston University Terrier, McAvoy scored eight goals and recorded 43 assists. As we speak, McAvoy is practicing with the Bruins at their facility.