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Bruins forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson to play in Sweden next season

Bruins forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson to play in Sweden next season

Boston Bruins forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson will not play for the Original Six club next season and will instead take his talents home to Sweden, the team announced Tuesday.

"Jakob will continue his professional hockey career and development in the SHL and we support his decision to be closer to his family at this time in his life," Sweeney said, per the team. "Over the past few weeks, Jakob has also communicated that he fully intends to resume playing for the Bruins, but for right now he feels playing at home in Sweden is what is best for him."

The 22-year-old center was selected by Boston with the 45th pick (second round) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The B's acquired that pick as part of the Dougie Hamilton trade with the Calgary Flames.

Forsbacka Karlsson was unable to crack the Bruins' lineup on a consistent basis. He played in 28 NHL games this season and tallied nine points (three goals, six assists). His last game for Boston was Jan. 19 against the New  York Rangers. He posted 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 28 games for the AHL's Providence Bruins this season.

The Boston University product has not appeared in a Stanley Cup playoff game for the Bruins.

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Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

The Boston Bruins will reportedly re-sign one of their free agent defensemen. However, it's not one of the ones that many expected it to be.

According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Bruins have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran defenseman, Steven Kampfer. Pagnotta broke the news on Twitter.

Kampfer was a key role player for the Boston Bruins last season. When called upon in the regular season, he had 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 35 games of action while averaging 14:38 time on ice. And in the playoffs, he appeared in three games for the squad and notched his first career postseason goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Though Kampfer didn't see a lot of action, he serves as an experienced depth piece with seven years of NHL experience. And when called upon, he was solid. The Bruins probably were looking to retain him as cheap depth, especially with a couple of their top defenseman -- Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo -- hitting restricted free agency (though keeping both McAvoy and Carlo is a priority for the Bruins). 

Additionally, Torey Krug is entering the final season of his contract, so re-upping with Kampfer for two years gives them depth in case he leaves or if the team chooses to trade him.

It's unclear what the financial component of Kampfer's deal will be or if keeping him cause them to part with any of their other veteran defensemen. But for now, it appears that Kampfer is planning on returning the Bruins for another season. And keeping him as insurance is a sensible move for the Bruins.

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

The Bruins didn't have long to transition from the regular season to the offseason, as this past weekend's NHL Draft took place less than 10 days after the B's dropped Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Fortunately for B's general manager Don Sweeney, he had a first-round pick this time around after trading a first-rounder away a season ago in the Rick Nash trade.

When all was said and done, the Bruins addressed several needs, adding four forwards and a defenseman. 

None of those players are expected to contribute in the 2019-20 season, but how did Sweeney and the Bruins fare?

Joe Haggerty evaluated each of the B's picks based on need and where they were drafted.

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