North Dakota junior Zane McIntyre, this year’s Mike Richter Award winner as the top NCAA goalie, is reportedly contemplating skipping his senior season to turn pro and join the Bruins, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Taken by Boston in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, McIntyre’s decision might’ve been swayed by Niklas Svedberg’s recent signing in the KHL. The departure of Svedberg, Tuukka Rask’s backup last season, could create a domino effect throughout the organization’s goalie depth chart.
As it stands, Malcolm Subban — the club’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — will presumably continue his progression next season with AHL Providence, the same place McIntyre would (likely) land if he turned pro.
CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reports that Boston is likely to go “the affordable veteran free agent route” with regards to Rask’s backup next season, but a spot at the NHL level could open up the season following — with either McIntyre or Subban vying for it.