(NHL.com) – Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, 19, scored his first NHL goal in his third game to make it 3-1 with 1:59 remaining in the third period, and Zdeno Chara scored an empty-net goal with 49.1 seconds left.
Some one send former Bruins director of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky a bottle of Cook’s because it looks like we have a stud on our hands here, ladies and gentlemen. Brandon Carlo is the real deal.
When he was drafted in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 2015 draft the whispers were loud enough that some felt the Bruins might have stolen a gem from the rest of the league. The beautiful top shelf goal he ripped tonight kind of put everyone on notice that he’s arrived in the NHL.
In his first NHL game last week he picked up his first career assist to go along with a +5 rating. And tonight his first career NHL goal came at the perfect time in a much needed bounce back effort by the Bruins after the team collectively fell flat in Toronto on Saturday night.
But it wasn’t just the goal that gets the praise. He picked up another +3 rating (and I don’t care if you don’t like plus/minus) and his skating and decision making were once again on display all night. He’s just so damn smooth. And he’s also already become a favorite of Claude Julien’s by logging an impressive 24:27 of ice time tonight which was just a minute shy of team leading Zdeno Chara.
So yeah, you could say I’m a little excited about a 19-year-old right shot D being this good and reliable this early in his career. We all should be. The future is bright for the big kid. I’m just happy I’ve got a comfortable couch to watch it from.