The Bruins will give 2021 third-round pick Brett Harrison a chance to make the varsity this fall.
They signed the 19-year-old center, drafted 85th overall and coming off a strong year in juniors, to a three-year entry-level contract that pays an average value of $859,167 if he makes the NHL.
Harrison put up 27 goals and 61 points in 65 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals last year, with 4-3—7 totals in six playoff games. If he cannot use his frame (6 feet 2 inches, 185 pounds) and two-way abilities to the Bruins’ liking, he would report back to Oshawa for a third full season.
He nearly lost the 2020-21 year when COVID led to an OHL shutdown, but instead skated for KOOVEE in the Finnish Under-20 league (4-5—9 in seven games). As a rookie and one of the younger players in the OHL in 2019-20, he put up 21-16—37 in 58 games.
Harrison, who skated at Bruins development camp in Brighton last month, is expected to travel with the team’s rookies to the Buffalo tournament in September.