July 19, 2011

Bruins sign Knight, Spooner

By Kirk Luedeke

New England Hockey Journal has learned that forwards Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner (pictured below) have agreed to terms with the Boston Bruins.

Ryan Spooner with Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney (photo: Dave Arnold Photography) The two reportedly are under standard entry level deals (two-way) for three years at or near the rookie maximum of $900k. Bonus structure and details are not yet available.

“Well there’s no question, I think, that both those players have matured, first and foremost,” Bruins Assistant GM Don Sweeney said during the team’s development camp earlier this month. “Ryan I’ve talked to numerous times during the course of the development role that I kind of play, in some areas away from the ice, as well as on the ice, but most importantly away from the ice, and the challenges that the professional ranks will present to him.

“Jared’s a little more ready-made in terms of his physical stature and what he’s going to be as a physical player. The cerebral part of the game for him, you know, we’re going to continue to work upon and I think we did that in Providence, when they got a snapshot.”

Knight, 19 was the 32nd overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 36 goals for the London Knights of the OHL. He was selected with the second-rounder acquired from Toronto in the Phil Kessel deal. Knight tallied 25 goals and a career-best 70 points in 2010-11 to lead his team in scoring.

Spooner, 19, was chosen with Boston’s second-round pick, 45th overall in the same draft. The diminutive but highly skilled center fell in the draft largely because he missed most of the 2009-10 season’s second half with a fractured collarbone. Last season, he scored a career high 35 goals and 81 points with the Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs.

“We indicated to them that they’re a big part of our group going forward but there’s not a lot of players that necessarily do that,” said Sweeney. “There’s a bit of an inherited risk there, obviously. So we’re excited, that’s the type of players we’re trying to identify as part of this organization, that’s a big part of why we won this year.”

We will have more on the signings later as we confirm details.