The Bruins added some thump yesterday when they signed 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound left wing Milan Lucic to an entry-level contract.
Boston's third draft pick (50th overall) in 2006, Lucic, 19, blossomed last season with 30 goals and 38 assists (in addition to 147 penalty minutes) for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, and established himself as pro material in the Memorial Cup.
In leading the Giants to the most coveted prize in junior hockey, Lucic collected 19 points and 26 penalty minutes in 22 games, earning the Memorial Cup MVP Award.
"Since being drafted, Milan has shown consistent improvement, which was highlighted by his performance in the Memorial Cup," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "He also demonstrated his considerable progress during our development camp in July, where his size, strength, and physical play reinforced everything that led us to select him last year. He plays like a prototypical power forward."