The Bear Cave

October 17, 2007 3:36 AM

Bruins Sign Marchand to Entry-Level Contract

Boston, MA- As the Boston Bruins were on the ice preparing for Thursday's home opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the front office was busy locking up one of their young prospects to an entry-level contract. General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the team signed 2006 draft pick Brad Marchand to a deal.

Marchand, 19, was selected by the Bruins with the 71st overall selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Halifax, NS is playing in his fourth season in the Qu├ębec Major Junior Hockey League. In his first three seasons, Marchand has played in the President Cup Final twice (winning it once), and the Memorial Cup once. In his first year with the Moncton Wildcats, Marchand recorded nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points. In the President Cup Championship year of 2005-06, he stepped up his scoring totals to 29-37-66 in 68 games. Brad was then traded to the Val-d'Or Foreurs in 2006-07 where he put up 33 goals and 80 points in 57 regular season games. He also had 40 points in 20 playoff games, before Val-d'Or fell to Lewiston in the Final.

This has been a very productive season for Marchand so far. Since being sent down to Val-d'Or during Bruins training camp, he has scored six goals and added an assist for seven points in just ten games. The Foreurs are in a rebuilding year, so there is a chance he could get moved somewhere else in the QMJHL during one of its' trade periods.

On the ice, the Boston Bruins are gearing up for their home opener on Thursday night with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Providence Bruins are prepared to take the ice Wednesday night against the Lowell Devils at Tsongas Arena. Both teams enter that contest with two straight wins. The P-Bruins have won one game in each of the past two weekends, while the L-Devils are coming off wins this past weekend against Bridgeport and Portland.

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