Bruins sign 2019 first-round pick Johnny Beecher to entry-level contract

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Bruins sign their 2019 first-round pick to entry-level contract originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins announced Monday that center Johnny Beecher has signed his entry-level contract. It's a three-year deal with a $925,000 salary cap hit.

Beecher was Boston's first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft.

He played for the University of Michigan over the last three seasons. Beecher tallied 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 34 games for a Wolverines squad that lost to Denver in the 2022 Frozen Four.

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The 21-year-old center also played nine games for the Providence Bruins after Michigan's season ended. Beecher posted five points (three goals, two assists) in those AHL matchups.

One of the Bruins' most glaring roster weaknesses is the center position. The best-case scenario is Beecher becoming a reliable middle-six center at the NHL level in the near future. But as far as the 2022-23 season is concerned, it's probably best he plays a full season in Providence before trying to make it full time in Boston.