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Pavel Shen terminates contract in Russia, signs with Boston on ELC

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Russia’s golden goalscorer at the world juniors and Mr. Longshot in the 2018 draft makes his way to North America!

Earlier in the week, a russian prospect watching account on twitter sent this little chestnut into the aether:

While interesting and this account does keep pretty good accuracy on stuff like this, it wasnt really worth much as news except for being a spicy rumor.

And then Pavel decided to make that dream a reality, according to Capfriendly:

Shen was a 2018 7th rounder who blossomed as a member of the Russian World junior squad and U18; being their leading goalscorer at the WJC’s, but had a lot of trouble finding ice-time in the KHL/VHL/MHL, where he was bouncing back and forth constantly and in general seemed to be both good enough, too good, or not good at all for the Salavat Yulaev Ufa system, and as a result his ice-time was...all over the place. It seems like he was able to successfully weasel his way out of the notoriously difficult contract structure of Russian hockey in order to sign here.

Goes without saying, but he’ll probably be attending development camp and, if all goes well, play for the P-Bruins this year. Or he could astound everybody and end up on the NHL roster. Crazier things have happened, y’know.

Regardless, let’s all welcome Pavel Shen to the Boston Bruins!