Kessel to sign with Bruins
Just when it looked like the NHL wouldn't have any draftees from the 2006 entry draft playing in the league this season, news comes from ESPN's E.J. Hradek early this morning that Phil Kessel will forego his final three years of college hockey to sign with the Boston Bruins.
The enigmatic Wisconsin native posted impressive totals last year in his first NCAA campaign, notching 18 goals and 51 points with the University of Minnesota. (As a somewhat relevant comparison, Dany Heatley had 28 goals and 56 points in his first college campaign, although he didn't join the NHL until after his second season.)
Kessel will turn 19 a few days prior to the start of the 2006-07 season and could make an impact offensively if he finds a spot on the Bruins top two lines. Of course, he will still have to make the team, and the possibility remains the youngster will play in the AHL next year.