The Bruins have signed forwards Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner, both 19, to three-year entry level contracts.
The story was originally reported by New England Hockey Journal.
Both players were picked in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Knight was chosen with the 32nd overall selection, which came from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel trade. In 68 games played in 201011 for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, he had a scoring line of 25-45-70, leading his team in points.
Spooner was selected 45th overall with Boston's own pick. The center went 35-46-81 in 64 games for the Peterborough Petes and the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL last season.
The salaries are expected to be at or around the rookie maximum of 900k per season.
After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games.
The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.
By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.
The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.