Bruins proceed to stockpile ahead depth by signing Alex Chiasson to a PTO deal


A 3-year participant at BU, Chiasson has scored 10+ objectives 5 occasions in his NHL profession.

Detroit Red Wings right wing Alex Chiasson (48) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Tampa, Fla.
Alex Chiasson scored six objectives in (AP Photograph/Chris O’Meara)

Jim Montgomery and the Bruins are going to don’t have any scarcity of choices up entrance when Boston’s coaching camp opens subsequent month.

The Bruins introduced on Monday afternoon that they’ve signed veteran ahead Alex Chiasson to knowledgeable tryout (PTO) settlement. Chiasson will report back to Boston’s coaching camp subsequent month at Warrior Ice Area and can attempt to earn a professional contract — be it with Boston or the Windfall Bruins.

Chiasson, 32, has performed with seven totally different groups in his NHL profession. Final season, he scored six objectives and posted 9 factors over 20 video games with the Detroit Purple Wings, together with a pair of objectives towards the Bruins on March 11 and twelfth. He additionally posted 20 factors in 29 video games with Detroit’s AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, final season.

Chiasson has ties to the world, enjoying three seasons at Boston College from 2009-12. The Montreal native was often been linked to the Bruins for years, with Boston seemingly intrigued together with his 6-foot-4 body and presence as a netfront possibility on the ability play.

Regardless of his standing as a journeyman throughout the NHL, Chiasson has been a stable scorer at numerous stops in his profession, surpassing the 10-goal mark 5 occasions in his profession. His finest season got here in 2018-19 with the Oilers, when he scored 22 objectives and posted 38 factors.

Chiasson’s massive body has allowed him to do loads of injury on the ability play through the years, with 5 of his six objectives in Detroit approaching the person benefit.

As famous by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Ty Anderson, the one gamers within the NHL to attain as many power-play objectives (30) in fewer video games (270) than Chiasson for the reason that 2018-19 season are Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, Buffalo’s Tage Thompson, Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson, and Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov.

Chiasson joins what’s wanting like a really crowded Bruins ahead grouping in 2023-24.

Whereas a fellow netfront presence in James van Riemsdyk might be in line for regular power-play shifts subsequent season, Chiasson stands as a possible contingency plan in that spot if he places collectively a powerful camp and preseason. Jake DeBrusk may earn common appears to be like on the netfront on the PP1 unit as nicely.

Chiasson, who primarily performs at proper wing, does have an uphill climb relating to cracking Boston’s roster, with different veterans like Milan Lucic, Morgan Geekie, Patrick Brown, Jesper Boqvist, Jayson Megna, A.J. Greer, Anthony Richard and Trent Frederic all anticipated to battle for spots throughout camp.

Children like Jakub Lauko, Marc McLaughlin, Fabian Lysell, Georgii Merkulov, Johnny Beecher and John Farinacci will even attempt to carve out spots up within the NHL ranks this fall.