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MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 26: A detail of the Boston Bruins logo is seen during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on November 26, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 8-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Bruins have an undeniably uncertain future at the center position, but Monday came with the signing a player they hope will be part of that future in Brett Harrison.

As announced by Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, the team has inked Harrison to a three-year, entry-level contract deal worth $859,167 at the NHL level.

Drafted with the No. 85 overall pick in 2021, Harrison is coming off a 2021-22 season that included 27 goals and 61 points in 65 games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. His 27 and 61 points were good for second-most among all Oshawa skaters. Prior to his 2021-22, Harrison skated in the OHL as a 16-year-old in 2019-20, and put up 21 goals and 37 points in 56 games, making him one of just four rookies to hit the 20-goal mark that season.

The Ontario-born Harrison has some slight connections to the Bruins even from over the border, too, as he grew up a fan of the team (he’s previously cited Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron as his favorite player). Harrison also noted that his grandfather’s best friend was former Bruins defenseman Gary Doak.

Back in Boston for 2022 development camp, and a late-ish cut from last year’s training camp, it was clear that Harrison has taken his drafting to the organization seriously. He shined as one of the camp’s more offensively capable players and noted that he gained 10 pounds of muscle to his frame through dieting and more time in the gym.

As for the signing, it doesn’t change much when it comes to Harrison’s likely path, as it will be NHL or OHL for the 19-year-old next season. (The current agreement between the NHL and CHL does not allow Harrison to play in the AHL out of the gate because he does not turn 20 years old before the end of 2022.)

It does, however, allow the Bruins to ‘slide’ a year of his contract.

Harrison is the third member of the Black and Gold’s 2021 draft class to sign his entry-level deal, joining first-round pick Fabian Lysell and sixth-round selection Ryan Mast.

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