June 15, 2024


“I believe the best way that he performed the sport was wonderful. That is the man that I attempt to play like as a lot as I can.”

United States' John Farinacci (25) celebrates his goal against Finland during second-period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
John Farinacci initiatives as a gradual, two-way middle on the NHL stage. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press through AP

Gifted with a poised hockey sense and a sound defensive sport, new Bruins prospect John Farinacci initiatives as an efficient two-way middle on the NHL stage if his improvement goes easily. 

And given his pro-game projection as an impression pivot down each ends of the ice, it ought to come as little shock which participant he tries to imitate each time he hops over the boards.

“I see myself as a 200-foot centerman. I can play on each ends of the ice. Good on face offs — suppose I can type of play any position that I have to,” Farinacci stated on Wednesday. “I type of pleasure myself on being any individual that may do this.

“I believe my hockey sense, intangible smart, might be my largest energy. I believe a man that I attempted to — clearly not evaluating myself in any respect — however a man that I watched a ton and actually tried to emulate myself after was Patrice Bergeron. I believe the best way that he performed the sport was wonderful. That’s the man that I attempt to play like as a lot as I can.”

After all, the Bruins usually are not anticipating the 22-year-old Farinacci to turn into the subsequent Bergeron as Boston’s franchise two-way centerman. And even with Farinacci’s evident expertise, it’s not truthful on any poised prospect to try to evaluate and distinction them with arguably one of the best defensive ahead in NHL historical past.

Nonetheless, with the Bruins now gazing two main voids on the prime of their lineup following Bergeron and David Krejci’s retirement, it ought to come as little shock that Boston focused Farinacci as a worthwhile funding within the post-Bergeron period.

Farinacci, who signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Boston on Wednesday after three seasons at Harvard, will almost certainly open the 2023-24 season with the Windfall Bruins.

However with Boston possible leaving no stone unturned because it tries to construct a middle pipeline for the longer term, anticipate Farinacci to earn some reps throughout each coaching camp and preseason play.

“Largely it was nearly my sport and the way they evaluated my sport and kind of how they see me becoming into their improvement plans right here over the subsequent little bit,” Farinacci stated of Boston’s message to him so far as expectations inside the group. “So I wouldn’t say there’s something too particular, however I believe within the grand scheme of issues — simply type of getting within the door and type of getting began and such a fantastic group like Boston I believe will do wonders for my improvement.”

Even with some anticipated seasoning on faucet down within the AHL ranks this fall, Farinacci enters his first professional season as one in every of Boston’s most promising middle prospects alongside 19-year-old Matthew Poitras.

A right-shot pivot, Farinacci performed three seasons with the Crimson, scoring 25 targets and posting 61 complete factors in 79 video games. Regardless of lacking the primary half of the 2022-23 season resulting from a herniated disc in his again, Farinacci closed out his collegiate profession with 10 targets and 19 factors in simply 20 video games as a senior.

Farinacci hit free company on Tuesday after his unique draft rights with the Coyotes ended. He was initially taken by Arizona within the third spherical (76th general) of the 2019 Draft, and was arguably essentially the most intriguing free agent that landed in the marketplace this week.

“With the Coyotes, that was one thing again in March that, clearly, was mentioned quite a bit as soon as the season ended,” Farinacci stated. “And for no matter cause, it type of simply didn’t work out. Nothing however good issues to say about them and their group. Sadly, simply type of didn’t work out with them.”

Regardless that Boston might not have replacements in place who can fully account for Bergeron and Krejci’s offensive manufacturing and defensive acumen, Boston nonetheless has numerous facilities forward of Farinacci on the depth chart.

Each Charlie Coyle and Pavel Zacha are the early favorites for top-six reps, whereas Morgan Geekie, Trent Frederic, Patrick Brown and others will combat for reps down the center on the third and fourth traces.

Windfall regulars like Marc McLaughlin and Johnny Beecher will possible additionally earn appears throughout coaching camp.

Farinacci possible might have accelerated his path to the NHL ranks by signing with a youthful, less-experienced roster.

However the former Harvard captain — who performed for his uncle (and former Bruin) Ted Donato in school — was impressed by Boston’s pitch whereas fielding provides for different organizations on Tuesday.

“Clearly being right here for the final couple years with Dexter [Southfield School] over there in Brookline and Harvard, I believe it was all the time one thing at the back of my thoughts and one thing I type of did my due diligence on going into 5 o’clock final night time,” Farinacci, a New Jersey native, stated of his connections with the Bruins. “Having talks with administration final night time, I beloved every thing they needed to supply. … I talked to a few different [teams] final night time, however for me, it was nothing that might evaluate to the sensation of being part of the Bruins.