The Bruins have signed another local college hockey player with an impressive pedigree of winning, and being tough to play against.
Per ESPN’s John Buccigross on his twitter account, the Bruins have signed Providence College forward Noel Acciari to a two-year contract with the redshirt senior departing the Friars with one year of college eligibility left.
A Bruins source indicated to CSNNE.com that they have been “discussing an opportunity” with Acciari, but that nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound center is a Johnston, Rhode Island native, and was named the best defensive forward in Hockey East this season while also captaining the Friars to their first NCAA national championship. Acciari finished with a career-high 15 goals and 32 points in 41 games for the Friars along with a plus-22 rating, and scored important goals in both the NCAA regionals and the semi-final win for Providence while showing his abilities on the big stage.
The undrafted 24-year-old obviously doesn’t project to be a game-changing top-six forward or a high-end offensive player, but it sounds like he could eventually develop into a useful bottom-six guy capable of providing energy and occasional offense.
That’s something the Bruins could always use more of in the form of affordable young players rather than expensive, tired veterans.
Here’s what one NHL scout from a Western Conference team had to say about Acciari after multiple viewings of the player: “High energy, hard-working 2-way center. The kids motor never stops. Average size but gets his nose dirty and plays really hard. Will need some time in AHL, but he has 4th line/checking upside, and is smart. Think Antoine Roussel minus the fighting and agitating, or a Derek McKenzie type. Just loves to play.”
That sounds like a player that fits right into the Bruins way of doing things, and signifies many of the things Don Sweeney talked about in his introductory press conference.