Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced on Friday that the team has signed undrafted free agent Jack Ahcan to a two year entry level contract. Ahcan, a left handed defenseman, played four years at St Cloud State University. This moves comes just one week after the Bruins added Nick Wolff from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Jack Ahcan is a five foot eight inch tall defenseman whose feisty and can move the puck. Does the name Torey Krug come to mind when you hear that? Ahcan is what you could call a Torey Krug in training as he is just 22 years old. He brings the offensive edge that a lot of young defenseman do nowadays as well. In his final season at St Cloud State he tallied seven goals and 18 assists to total 25 points in 33 games played. He also served as a captain in his final season as a Husky. His best season came one year earlier in his sophomore season, where he potted six goals and 28 assists to total 34 points in 39 games. Last season was also his best season as far as plus minus, where he managed to stay at a plus 30. Over the course of his four year career as a Husky he tallied 21 goals and 82 assists, to total 103 points, while managing a plus 14 in 144 games.
He seems to be Torey Krug in every sense of the word. How would a team of nothing but Torey Krugs do in todays NHL? That's a fun thought.
What does he bring to the table?
Ahcan has proven to have the ability to be able to help his team on both ends of the ice. From being a pesky, quick, defenseman on one end of the ice, to being a fast, good puck moving offensive defenseman on the other end, he helps the team no matter where he is. He was just the third defenseman in St Cloud State history to record 100 points in four seasons.
Ahcan brings a lot to the table as far as what he can do to help the team win. Unfortunately the Bruins left side is filled with offensive defenseman at the blueline; Torey Krug and Matt Grzelcyk being the two most prominent names that come to mind. That left side is also packed with Zdeno Chara, Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril, John Moore, and Urho Vaakanainen. Luckily for Jack Ahcan a lot of those names might be towards the end of their run here in Boston. Zdeno Chara doesn't have more than a season or two left in him, Torey Krug and Matt Grzelcyk are both pending free agents and John Moore has been mentioned in trade talks for the last year. If the Bruins decide not to bring Torey Krug back, and decide to not protect Grzelcyk from the expansion draft, and Zdeno Chara decides to hang em up Ahcan might be forced into some time with the big boys come training camp and preseason. An opportunity that seems rather quick, but it could do wonders for him if he's able to hold his own.
At the very least, Ahcan should have an opportunity to get in some time in Providence right away next season.
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