Boston signs UMass forward and former Jr. Bruin Vatrano


The Bruins dipped their toes into the college free agent pool on Thursday, agreeing to terms with UMass forward Frank Vatrano on an entry-level deal, per MassLive.

Vatrano, 20, is a former U.S. National Development Team player and an ex-Boston Junior Bruin. After an academic/enrollment issue saw him depart Boston College before ever playing a game, Vatrano sat out almost his entire first year at UMass before breaking onto the scene this season, scoring a team-high 18 goals in 36 games.

The Minutemen’s season came to a close last weekend with a loss to Notre Dame, so Vatrano is eligible to join the B’s organization immediately. Like most college free agent signings, he could report directly to the American League.