LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Tyler Seguin, drafted second overall by the Boston Bruins, poses for a portrait after he was drafted during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Bruins announced this afternoon that they have signed Tyler Seguin, their #2 overall selection in this year's NHL Entry Draft, to a entry-level deal. Per the Boston Bruins' team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team. However, according Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, the deal is a three year deal with a base salary of $900,000 and an annual cap hit of $3.75 million due to the performance bonuses included in the contract. This is the maximum contract that is allowed for rookies under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.
Now that Seguin has officially signed, it is a guarantee that he will be playing in Boston next season. Due to one of the worst concessions of the current CBA, a player who was drafted from a major junior team cannot play for an AHL team until age 20. So, it looks like Seguin will be thrown right into the fire this season. I hope he is ready to live up to the hype.
Editor's Note (6:51 PM ET): Seguin can be returned to the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, but to me this signing all but seals his fate as a member of the big club. Peter Chiarelli mentioned in his conference call with the media that Seguin would likely play on the wing, but "nothing is set in stone".