When it comes to his 2023-24 season, it’s actually a pretty simple breakdown for Bruins prospect Matt Poitras, really.
It’s either the 2022 second-round pick sticks around beyond training camp and suits up for the Bruins and begins his National Hockey League career as a teenager, or he heads over 500 miles outside of Boston city limits and back to Guelph for yet another season in the Ontario Hockey League. Unlike the Fabian Lysell decision from a year ago, Providence is not an option for Poitras, and neither is ECHL Maine for that matter. (Sorry, Portland-based B’s fans.)
In other words, this training camp is going to require Poitras being downright undeniable for the B’s front office.
“Obviously the goal is to try and make the Bruins,” Poitras admitted. “It’d be a dream come true to play in the NHL. But I think [I want to] just put my best foot forward and try and make it as difficult as possible for them to send me back to juniors. I can’t play in the AHL this year, so just make it a difficult decision to send me back to play in juniors.”