The Boston Bruins were built in an unique way

College free agency has played a big part in their success

Paul Hamilton
June 10, 2019 - 10:29 am

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(WGR 550) - The Bruins have gotten to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final with an interesting roster. Of course there are the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, Brandon Carlo, David Pastrnak, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, but some smart drafting and signings have really helped this club.

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Brad Marchand and Matt Grzelcyk were third round picks and Danton Heinen was taken in the fourth round.

Boston signed many of its players through free agency and college free agency:

  • Torey Krug was signed out of Michigan State
  • Karson Kuhlman was signed out of Minnesota Duluth
  • Noel Acciari was signed out of Providence
  • Connor Clifton was signed out of Quinnipiac
  • Kevan Miller was signed out of Vermont
  • Zdeno Chara was a July 1 signing
  • Joakim Nordstrom was a July 1 signing
  • David Backes was a July 1 signing
  • Chris Wagner was a July 1 signing
  • John Moore was a July 1 signing
  • Jaroslav Halak was a July 1 signing
  • Tuukka Rask came over from Toronto for Andrew Raycroft
  • Sean Kuraly came over from San Jose along with a No. 1 pick for Martin Jones.
  • Steven Kampfer came over from the Rangers in the Adam McQuad trade.
  • Marcus Johansson came over from New Jersey at the trade deadline
  • Charlie Coyle came over from Minnesota right before the trade deadline

That means five of their players were college free agents and six came to Boston in unrestricted free agency with Chara being the only guy that wasn’t a secondary free agent.

College free agency normally doesn’t get you a No. 1 center or defensemen, but it’s an excellent way to add to you depth. All five of Boston’s college free agents have been a very valuable part of this season’s playoff run.

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