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Mar 11, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Alex Chiasson (48) is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Boston Bruins during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

With the start of training camp a mere month away for almost every club, it’s officially camp invite season for veterans on the hunt for NHL work in 2023-24.

And on Monday, Don Sweeney and the Bruins locked down their first invite with the confirmation that winger Alex Chiasson will join the team for next month’s training camp on a professional tryout agreement.

Chiasson’s invite to B’s camp comes on the heels of a 2022-23 campaign that saw him record six goals and nine points in 20 games with Detroit.

Prior to his call up to Detroit, Chiasson recorded nine goals and 20 points in 29 appearances for AHL Grand Rapids in 2022-23.

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    Originally selected with a second-round pick in 2009, Chiasson comes to the Bruins as a veteran of 651 NHL games since 2013, and he’s about as well traveled as they come, with stops in seven different cities over that 11-year run.

    Chiasson’s best year came back in 2018-19, with career-highs in goals (22) and points (38) in 73 games with the Oilers. Chiasson also posted career-best marks in power-play goals (eight) and power-play points (15) during that run with the Oilers, while his 123 shots on goal were the second-most he’s had in any NHL season.

  • Mar 8, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Alex Chiasson (48) ps in front of Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock (32) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 8, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Alex Chiasson (48) ps in front of Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock (32) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

    Standing at 6-foot-4, the right-shooting Chiasson has carved out a noteworthy career as a net-front option, and has morphed his game for power-play excellence, which was certainly the case in his limited role this past season, with five of his six goals for the Red Wings coming via the man advantage.

    The Red Wing power play certainly got the most they could out of Chiasson, too, as Detroit clicked at 25.5 percent on the man advantage from Chiasson’s recall through the end of the season. That was the eighth-best percentage in the NHL over that span, with Detroit checking in with the 22nd-best unit in the NHL (20 percent) in the 61 games that came before Chiasson’s move from Grand Rapids to Detroit.

    In fact, 30 of his Chiasson’s 61 goals since the start of the 2018-19 season have come on the power play, which ranks as the 53rd-most in hockey over that span, which is even more impressive when considering that Chiasson has appeared in just 270 games over that span. The only players to score as many power-play goals or more in fewer games over that stretch: Gabriel Landeskog, Tage Thompson, Victor Olofsson, and Kirill Kaprizov.

  • Apr 4, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Detroit Red Wings right wing Alex Chiasson (48) against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

    Apr 4, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Detroit Red Wings right wing Alex Chiasson (48) against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at Bell Centre. (David Kirouac/USA TODAY Sports)

    Where Chiasson potentially fits into the NHL mix will be an interesting development to watch as Bruins open camp.

    If the Bruins are going to maximize Chiasson’s impact, it’ll almost certainly be in that net-front power-play role. But the Bruins brought James van Riemsdyk into the fold for a similar role, and the Bruins have also utilized Jake DeBrusk in a net-front role on their top power-play unit in the past.

    But Chiasson does bring the Bruins some potentially necessary right-wing depth, with the club likely to begin the year with a lefty (or two) playing their off wing as currently constituted. The list of left shots slated to potentially play right wing in 2023-24 includes Trent Frederic, Jakub Lauko, and DeBrusk. All three players had considerable experience playing their off side in 2022-23, which is a positive, but a little more balance on that front never hurts.

  • 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)

    A detail of the Boston Bruins logo on a player’s sweater during a game. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

    The Bruins are currently slated to open training about a month from now, and will kick off a six-game preseason slate starting Sept. 24 against the Rangers.

    And with competition like crazy on the board for the Bruins, especially when it comes to bottom-six forward roles.

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