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Bruins sign prospect Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen took part in a skating drill at Bruins development camp last summer. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Some 48 hours after their season ended in an offensively-challenged 6-1 loss to the Senators, the Bruins on Monday took a step in upgrading their scoring punch by signing prospect Danton Heinen, a forward who led the University of Denver this season in scoring with 48 points in 41 games.

Heinen, a 20-year-old sophomore from British Columbia, will join AHL Providence for the remainder of the season.

A fourth-round pick (No. 116 overall) by the Bruins in the 2014 draft, Heinen is 6-feet-1 and 185 pounds. In his two seasons with the Pioneers, he totaled 81 games and 93 points.

College prospects typically require at least one or two years of seasoning in the minors, but Heinen could follow a faster track, especially with a Bruins team that for years has been challenged to finish prime scoring chances. Heinen, who shoots lefthanded, led Denver in goals (20) this season and was No. 2 on the club last year with 16 goals as a freshman.


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