The Boston Bruins looked to the college ranks on Thursday as they signed Jack Ahcan of St. Cloud State to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Ahcan is coming off a solid senior season in which he had seven goals and 18 assists in 33 games. In 144 career games for Saint Cloud State, Ahcan had 103 points, becoming only the third player in school history to accomplish the feat. In four years at St. Cloud, he had 21 goals and finished with a plus-minus rating of 12.
St. Cloud St free-agent D Jack Ahcan, who "quietly had an excellent senior season," according @SchlossmanGF, is headed to BOS.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 26, 2020
The Minnesota native’s best season came in 2018-2019 when he had career-highs in every category. In 39 games, he had six goals and 28 assists and finished with a plus-minus of 30. Before an injury sidelined him in February, Ahcon played in an impressive 127 straight games.
Although the 22-year-old is undersized, he has a high hockey IQ and is an excellent skater. In 2017, he was the only unanimous selection to the NCHC’s All-Rookie team and plays with an underdog mentality. He was also a teammate of current Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on the U.S. World Juniors gold medal team in 2017.
— Mike Cratty (@Mike_Cratty) March 26, 2020
The signing marks the Bruins’ second addition in the past month as they signed fellow defenseman Nick Wolff last week. Boston may not be done as they have also shown interest in Mitchell Chaffee of UMass.