Bruins Sign NCAA Forward Anders Bjork to a Three Year Entry Level Contract

On May 30th, the Bruins succeeded in signing their 2014 5th round draft pick to an entry level contract worth $0.925 mil AAV. Bjork reached the Frozen Four in the NCAA playoffs this season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. His signing was preceded by a lot of buzz around the Bruins’ world whether or not Bjork would agree to forego the remainder of his collegiate hockey career to start a career next season in the Bruins organization, as Bjork just finished up his junior year at Notre Dame.

Pictured: Anders Bjork. Courtesy of Boston Globe. https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/bruins/2017/04/10/anders-bjork-still-talks-with-bruins/b2RrtpREBvkqxuuS9QbMLK/story.html

Pictured: Anders Bjork. Courtesy of Boston Globe. https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/bruins/2017/04/10/anders-bjork-still-talks-with-bruins/b2RrtpREBvkqxuuS9QbMLK/story.html

Bjork is largely considered to be close to, if not already, NHL-ready come the start of next season. He produced impressive numbers in the NCAA this year, and made his presence known in the NCAA tournament. Bjork gained notoriety by maintaining a point per game pace in his sophomore year when he recorded 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 35 games. The developing left winger then was shot out of a cannon in his junior year when he scored 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points through his NCAA campaign. Bjork's remarkable play with the Fighting Irish in the 2016-17 season resulted in him being a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, awarded to the NCAA's top hockey player.

By all accounts, Bjork is a motivated, hard-skating left winger with remarkable middle six scoring ability. He is frequently commended for his strong two-way play, which the Bruins are in desperate need of in their wingers. Although he is responsible in his own end, it is hard to argue against Bjork's offensive abilities being his most valuable asset. He is strong on the puck and has great vision on the ice, which generally leads to a healthy mix of goal-scoring and playmaking. At least from what I have seen of Bjork, he seems to be exactly what the Bruins need in their roster: a defensively responsible, yet incredibly adept, well-rounded offensive winger. 

Most Bruins fans are very enthusiastic about the signing of Bjork, as he has developed at a tremendous pace through his collegiate career. No matter Bjork's potential pans out in the coming years, he is sure to provide a thread of consistency no matter where he slots into the organization, which gives Boston quite a reason to be optimistic for Bjork's arrival next season.

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