The Boston Bruins announced the team has re-signed forward Jake DeBrusk for 2 years, worth $3.675 million. This was a move we’ve all been waiting for in the Bruins circle. The Bruins drafted 6-foot-tall DeBrusk 14th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.
DeBrusk suited up for 65 of the league’s shortened 70 game season in the 2019-20 season. After such a hot second year, his production dwindled. He totaled 35 points, 19 goals and 16 assists, in his third season. The Bruins general manager, Don Sweeney, said via Zoom that the team focused on a short term deal due to the “landscape and uncertainty” of the league in the immediate future due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The landscape is just… there's a lot of unknowns with where we're going with immediate future. We have some ground to cover. We focused on shorter term given landscape and the uncertainty."
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) November 23, 2020
Sweeney also stated that he is happy that there was a deal reached between the team and DeBrusk. He sees DeBrusk as part of the Bruins core “for years to come.”
Sweeney said the Bruins want DeBrusk (2/$7.35M) as part of their core "for years to come."
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) November 23, 2020
In his three seasons, the 2018-19 season was his best. He played in 68 games and scored a career-high 27 goals while also assisting on 15 more for 42 points. In terms of total points, his rookie season was the best. 43 points in 70 games, 16 goals and 27 helpers.
DeBrusk became a household name in his first game donning the beloved spoked B. He scored and had an assist with his family in attendance at TD Garden. His dad, Louie DeBrusk, former NHL forward and current commentator for SportsNet, was seen getting emotional after his son’s first goal in his first NHL game.
The pair of DeBrusk men were also talked about during the 2019-20 season after Louie DeBrusk interviewed Jake DeBrusk pregame in February of this year. Check out that moment here.
I think this is a smart move for the Bruins. It makes the most sense to offer DeBrusk a short term deal after having such a lackluster season. It was definitely poor timing for an off-year. The Bruins know what DeBrusk is capable of and hopefully, he’s able to find his groove again. He’s fun to watch and has the size and speed to be more effective than he was last year. DeBrusk is still young, there’s time for him to get back to the player he was in his first two seasons. There will still be potential for a longer-term deal when this contract is about to expire.
Welcome back, Jake DeBrusk. Go out and Celly!
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