Someday defenseman Brandon Carlo could be using his 6-foot-5 frame to help frustrate opposing forwards in service of the Boston Bruins. That might still be a ways off for the 18-year-old, but he’s taken another step forward towards that goal.
The Bruins announced that they have inked Carlo to an entry-level contract. He was taken with the 37th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
“Right away you know how much area and territory he can defend,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney told NESN back in July. “He’s got athleticism in his skating ability, shoots the puck really hard. I was impressed with Brandon during the World Juniors because (Team USA) gave him a role and he really did a good job. He went out and shut down, made his first pass and identified. … That first pass execution piece will be very important for him, but he’s a guy that covers a lot of ice. We’re really excited about Brandon.”
Carlo, who had 25 points in 63 WHL games last season, would term himself as a defensive defenseman. He has labeled his poise with the puck as an area of his game he wants to work on though.
Before signing this contract, he attended the Bruins’ development and rookie camps. He then participated in two preseason games and managed to score a goal against the New York Rangers.
The 37th overall pick originally belonged to the Philadelphia Flyers, but Boston ultimately acquired it from the New York Islanders as part of the Johnny Boychuk trade.