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Bruins sign Asselin to an NHL contract, announce more minor moves

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A shot at the show for the kid?

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This is an old photo, but you get the idea.
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Lost in today’s free agent frenzy was a bit of news involving an exciting B’s prospect: Samuel Asselin has signed an NHL contract with the club.

Asselin, you may remember, has been with the B’s organization for a couple of years now, but on minor league deals.

The talented forward was signed out of juniors by the Bruins back in 2019, and has bounced between the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators and the AHL’s Providence Bruins since then.

Today, the B’s made it official, signing the 23 year old to a two-year entry-level contract with an AAV of $750,000.

Of course, this isn’t a guarantee that Asselin will be with the big club next season; instead, it gives him an avenue to get there that previously didn’t exist.

Asselin was a prolific scorer in juniors, and carried that with him to the ECHL, recording 52 points in 53 games back in 2019-2020.

He spent all of last season in Providence, putting up 8G-8A-16PTS totals in 25 games.

It remains to be seen what kind of impression he makes in training camp, but I’m excited to see what the kid can do.

The B’s announced several other minor moves as well, including:

  • Forward Steven Fogarty has been signed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 at the NHL level. The 28 year old has 27 NHL games on his resume, split between the Rangers and Sabres.
  • Defenseman Tyler Lewington has been signed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 at the NHL level. The 26 year old has appeared in 10 NHL games, split between Nashville and Edmonton.

Fogarty and Lewington are likely meant to be AHL depth that can fill in if things go south at the NHL level, but Providence needs bodies after several departures this offseason.