The Bruins still have some big things to take care of with restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen, but they took care of a few little things on Monday afternoon. The B’s made official the one-year, two-way contract for right winger Peter Cehlarik worth $700,000, which will allow the Bruins to avoid an arbitration hearing with the big right winger.
The B’s also announced six minor contracts to an array of young hopefuls that ranged from 21-year-old QMJHL leading scorer Samuel Asselin to big, veteran defenseman Chris Breen, who has spent the last five seasons with the Providence Bruins. The most interesting of them all might just turn out to be Russian D-man Alexey Solovyev, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder that played for Bentley University over the last four seasons.
But each of them will play a role, some bigger than others, with the P-Bruins next season and will provide the B’s with the necessary organizational depth they will need to ice a hockey team next season. Here’s a snapshot of each of them:
*The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Asselin is a Quebec native that scored a whopping 48 goals and 86 points in 68 games for the Halifax Mooseheads, as the 21-year-old led the QMJHL in goals scored in his final season of junior hockey. Asselin participated in Bruins development camp and showed good offensive ability while mixing it up with fellow B’s prospects. Asselin was signed to a two-year contract.
*The Bruins also signed 27-year-old Brendan Woods to a two-year deal as well. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound forward and Saskatchewan native had seven goals, 17 points and 103 penalty minutes for the Utica Comets in the AHL last season, and was originally a fifth round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012.
*Chris Breen has spent the last five seasons with Providence, including the last four as an alternate captain. The 6-foot-7, 226-pound stay-at-home defenseman skated in 47 games with the P-Bruins in 2018-19 while posting two goals and 11 points with a plus-eight rating.
*Robert Lantosi, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward skated in 56 games with Nitra MHC in the Slovak Tipsport Liga, the top hockey league in Slovakia in 2018-19. The 23-year-old Lantosi produced 20 goals and 58 points with a plus-17 rating in the Slovakian League last season.
*Joel Messner, a 25-year-old defenseman, split time between AHL Providence and Atlanta in the ECHL for the B’s organization last season. Messner skated in 32 games with Providence in 2018-19 while putting up one goal and seven points. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound defenseman also appeared in 27 games for the Atlanta Gladiators, producing six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.
*The 24-year-old, 6-foot-2, 205-pound Solovyev spent the last four seasons playing for Ryan Soderquist at Bentley University. Solovyev recorded five goals and 13 points in 37 games for the Falcons as a senior in 2018-19.
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