Today, Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that defenseman Charlie McAvoy has elected to forego his career with the B.U. Terriers and will be joining the Providence Bruins on an ATO, or Amateur Tryout.  The B.U. standout was drafted 14th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by Boston. He will report to Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. He will be eligible for games this weekend. An ATO is appealing for the Bruins as it avoids spending a year of his Entry Level Contract. This allows the Bruins to maintain control of a full three years of McAvoy at a bargain cost. McAvoy will have a year of his contract burned if he plays just one game with the NHL club and will hit restricted free agency sooner.

Per Sweeney, McAvoy will join @AHLBruins for practice and could play this weekend.

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 29, 2017

McAvoy has had a shining year. From his dominance as the number one defender for the Americans gold medal world juniors squad, to scoring the double overtime winning goal against North Dakota in the NCAA tournament, McAvoy made his presence known. I’d expect to see him do what Carlo did for the Bruins last year. Go down to Providence, contribute during their playoff run, adapt to the pro speed, and win a job out of camp for next season.

One thing is for sure – Providence Bruins games just got a heck of a lot more interesting.