With the college season winding down, NHL teams are honing in on NCAA talent.
The Bruins have signed 2009 draft pick (7th round, 206 overall) Ben Sexton to an entry level contract, the team announced in a release Thursday. Sexton wrapped up his senior season at Clarkson University after being eliminated by Cornell (and fellow B's prospect Brian Ferlin) on Sunday. He'll join the Providence Bruins but it's not likely he'll play this weekend.
Sexton spent four years at Clarkson where he amassed 85 points (24 goals, 61 assists) in 102 games. He also logged 214 penalty minutes, including 88 this season alone.
Injuries plagued Clarkson throughout his collegiate career (he missed 48 games in total), but his determination to overcome them did not go unnoticed. In his junior season, Sexton was honored with Clarkson's Mike Morrison Dedication Award for teamwork, hustle and dedication as well as the team's Ironman Award. Sexton was also a two-year captain (plus an assistant in his sophomore season) at Clarkson so add leadership to his character traits.
"Ben is a hard-nosed two way player like Gregory Campbell," said Sweeney. "Good on faceoffs and the PK, but also has the ability to play up and down your lineup."
Sexton's skill set helped Clarkson rank as one of NCAA's better defensive teams and let's not forget about his ability on the faceoff. Look how good he is:
Among college players who took 300+ draws this season, Sexton ranked second in faceoff percentage at 60.5%.— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin9) March 19, 2014
Sexton was the fifth and final pick of the Boston Bruins in the 2009 draft. His peers in that class include Jordan Caron, Ryan Button (Idaho Steelheads, ECHL), Lane MacDermid (retired, traded to Dallas in the Jagr deal) and Tyler Randell (Providence).