Jim Montgomery and the Bruins are going to haven’t any scarcity of choices up entrance when Boston’s coaching camp opens subsequent month.
The Bruins introduced on Monday afternoon that they’ve signed veteran ahead Alex Chiasson to knowledgeable tryout (PTO) settlement. Chiasson will report back to Boston’s coaching camp subsequent month at Warrior Ice Area and can attempt to earn a professional contract — be it with Boston or the Windfall Bruins.
Chiasson, 32, has performed with seven completely different groups in his NHL profession. Final season, he scored six targets and posted 9 factors over 20 video games with the Detroit Pink Wings, together with a pair of targets towards the Bruins on March 11 and twelfth. He additionally posted 20 factors in 29 video games with Detroit’s AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, final season.
Chiasson has ties to the world, taking part in three seasons at Boston College from 2009-12. The Montreal native was recurrently been linked to the Bruins for years, with Boston probably intrigued together with his 6-foot-4 body and presence as a netfront choice on the ability play.
Regardless of his standing as a journeyman throughout the NHL, Chiasson has been a strong scorer at varied stops in his profession, surpassing the 10-goal mark 5 instances in his profession. His greatest season got here in 2018-19 with the Oilers, when he scored 22 targets and posted 38 factors.
Chiasson’s massive body has allowed him to do loads of injury on the ability play over time, with 5 of his six targets in Detroit approaching the person benefit.
As famous by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Ty Anderson, the one gamers within the NHL to attain as many power-play targets (30) in fewer video games (270) than Chiasson because the 2018-19 season are Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, Buffalo’s Tage Thompson, Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson, and Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov.
Chiasson joins what’s trying like a really crowded Bruins ahead grouping in 2023-24.
Whereas a fellow netfront presence in James van Riemsdyk could possibly be in line for regular power-play shifts subsequent season, Chiasson stands as a possible contingency plan in that spot if he places collectively a powerful camp and preseason. Jake DeBrusk may earn common appears on the netfront on the PP1 unit as effectively.
Chiasson, who primarily performs at proper wing, does have an uphill climb on the subject of cracking Boston’s roster, with different veterans like Milan Lucic, Morgan Geekie, Patrick Brown, Jesper Boqvist, Jayson Megna, A.J. Greer, Anthony Richard and Trent Frederic all anticipated to battle for spots throughout camp.
Kids like Jakub Lauko, Marc McLaughlin, Fabian Lysell, Georgii Merkulov, Johnny Beecher and John Farinacci may also attempt to carve out spots up within the NHL ranks this fall.
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