Today the Bruins have come to terms on three year entry-level deals with forwards Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner.
Knight who the Bruins took with the 32nd selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, (The pick acquired from Toronto in the Kessel deal) had 70 points in 68 games for the London Knights of Canada’s Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Spooner who was selected 45th overall in the very same 2010 NHL Entry Draft had 81 points in 64 games, split between the Peterborough Petes and the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL.
Because both are under 20 years old and have not played in four full seasons of junior hockey they are not eligible to play in the AHL. If neither makes the Bruins roster after camp, they will be returned to their respective OHL teams.
The 19-year-olds did get a little taste of AHL hockey on amateur tryout agreements last season. Knight had two assists in three games, and Spooner had two goals, and one assist in his three games with the Providence Bruins.
Many people remember Spooner from last year’s Bruins rookie games at the TD Garden. In the games against the Islanders rookies, Spooner stole the spotlight from Tyler Seguin as Spooner scored twice including the game winning goal in overtime of the second rookies’ games.
Their salaries are expected to be at, or slightly above the $900k rookie minimum per season.