“I’m not going to make a prediction about Bjork’s decision though because I’d hate to be right again. So I’ll just say that I think there’s now at least a 60% chance he signs with the Bruins. And that’s just enough for me to order my Bjork jersey now.
What can I say, when you’re right you’re right. And dammit, I was. But if you’ve been reading my stuff for awhile now that shouldn’t surprise you at all when you also consider my consistent success as a GM in EA’s NHL franchise mode.
With Bjork now in the fold the B’s avoid a potential Jimmy Vesey scenario next summer and also help fill the scoring winger void internally through an affordable three year entry-level deal rather than through free agency or a trade. It doesn’t mean the Bruins won’t continue to pursue an established external option to help them out but this signing is a fantastic move for the restructuring the roster needs.
Bjork now starts his journey and off season work toward being a wing man on David Krejci’s line. I’m not sure we could have foreseen that happening back in 2014 when Bjork was then just a fifth, yes fifth, round pick. A lot has changed since then. The opportunity is now there for him to grab.
You now have to wonder what the Bjork signing does to Sweeney’s plans this summer for improving the roster. Last summer it seemed a lot hinged on the B’s grabbing free agent Jimmy Vesey. When that didn’t happen, coupled with the Frank Vatrano injury going into the season, the depth at winger became more than questionable. Things are beginning to look much different now.
So will Don still pursue another scoring winger? Or will he focus on adding a legit defenseman to the fold? He has some cap space to clear first, but there are some significant pieces to package in a trade if need be.
For now let’s welcome Anders Bjork. We’re happy to have him. It’s pretty wild to think we may see an opening night roster this October that could potentially include him, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Danton Heinen, Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Zane McIntyre all suiting up at once for the big B’s.
The future is nearly here.
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