The Boston Bruins have signed Pavel Shen out of the KHL. Shen was a seventh round pick for the Bruins back in 2018. Shen has spent the past year in Russia playing in a couple different leagues, The KHL and the Supreme Hockey League. Shen signed for the league minimum entry deal and will likely be in Providence to start off the year.
Shen is only 19 and provided little offense in the KHL only grabbing 4 assists in 38 games.However, the youngster performed well during The World Juniors for Russia registering three goals in his seven games played. Shen performed well in June when the Bruins held their development camp and talks picked up from there. Shen had originally signed a three year deal in the KHL but once he was given the opportunity to sign with the Bruins he quickly went about terminating that deal. Shen is a centerman and could bolster the Bruins depth with a cheap price tag once he gets settled in North America.
Don’t expect Shen to set the league ablaze this coming season but do expect to see him get some NHL action and potentially be an NHL regular by the start of the 2021 season. This move makes sense for the B’s and it has been awhile since they’ve had Russian homegrown talent, the last being Alex Khokhlachev who never quite panned out and returned to the KHL.
This is a minor signing for the Bruins and one that will impact them in the distant future and not immediately. With July drawing to a close the Bruins still have to worry about handing contracts out to their big RFA’s in McAvoy and Carlo. Shen’s deal will have almost no impact on those contracts.
-Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)