On Sunday evening the Boston Bruins announced that the team has agreed to a deal with defenseman Alexander Petrovic. The deal is for a professional tryout. Petrovic is most known for his play as a Florida Panther.
For those who don't know, a professional tryout is a contract that lasts 25 games. After those 25 games have ended, the team and the player can work out a new contract. The contract can be a long term deal, a deal to finish out the season, or another tryout contract.
Switching it up
The Florida Panthers drafted Petrovic 36th overall in 2010. A solid 6'4 215 pound base gives him a size advantage while competing against other Bruins defenseman. He is only smaller than 6'9 250 pound Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and 6'5 212 pound Brandon Carlo. That is if the Bruins and Carlo strike a deal by the time preseason has started. Petrovic comes onto the roster already older than seven of the thirteen Bruins defenseman most likely to compete for Boston roster spots. Petrovic has started 263 games in the NHL, totaling five goals and 45 assists. Although it isnt a whole lot, he also has six games of NHL playoff experience under him.
Depth issue might help Petrovic
With the futures of McAvoy and Carlo still uncertain, the signing of Petrovic before NHL camp might set him on the right track. Petrovic wont challenge Carlo or McAvoy for their roster spots by any means, but having him on the roster might have the Bruins front office picturing him as a part of the Bruins long term plans.
Being a right handed shot will come into play for Petrovic, and it will only help him. With Kevan Miller still not completely healthy from his knee issues, he wont be ready to start the season. Weather or not the Bruins give somebody like Petrovic a shot at an NHL roster spot is one thing, but if he plays good enough, Don Sweeney and the Bruins front office wont be able to ignore him. Carlo and McAvoy are both right shot defenseman as well. There is a very good chance that Petrovic will be skating as a top four defenseman come preseason. Especially if both Carlo and McAvoy are still not re-signed.
Depth depth depth
As we have seen in recent seasons, good depth provides a very big advantage come time for a playoff push. Weather it be because of injuries, or just wanting to get a fresh set of legs on the ice, depth plays a large part in an NHL teams overall success. Petrovic brings size and experience to the table. Potentially making the roster as a top six defenseman or reserve, or even making the AHL roster, Petrovic can bring a lot of value to a team like the Boston Bruins.