Bruins inform rookie Matt Poitras of his fate

He's made an impact so far in his short time in the NHL.



The Boston Bruins have laughed in the face of their doubters who expected them to take a significant step backwards this season, especially after the losses of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dmitri Orlov, Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno from their roster over the summer.

Right now, they've yet to suffer a regulation loss through the first nine games of the year (8-0-1), picking up right where they left off last regular season. And one of the surprise contributors to this year's Bruins team is rookie center Matt Poitras, who has scored three goals with two assists in the nine games he's played in. 

And rather than sending him back down to the Ontario Hockey League, the Bruins announced today that he'll be sticking around with the big club for the remainder of the year.

"He's sticking around," said Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery.

Poitras, whom the Bruins took with the 54th overall at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, has earned his spot in the lineup. 

“I think his play, he’s earned it,” Montgomery answered. “I think we’re comfortable with him. There’s still no guarantees here for the rest of the year, but we feel that the way he’s progressed, that for the time being, he’s going to be a Bruin, and he’s helping us win hockey games, and that’s the most important thing, right? He’s still 19, so we’re going to be cautious.”

“What’s appealing to us is every time you start to think ‘well, this might be too much’ – whether it was an exhibition or these nine games, he just always finds a way, and it’s like ‘well, he belongs,’ and he just belongs,” Montgomery continued. 

With him sticking around the Bruins for the remainder of the year, it will count as a season on his three-year entry level contract that carries an AAV of $870,000. 

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