In case you missed it, yesterday afternoon the Boston Bruins announced that they have signed University of Minnesota-Duluth forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year, entry level contract starting in the 2018-19 season.
Khulman will join the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout (ATO) contract for the remainder of this season before starting his new agreement with the Bruins next season.
The undrafted forward captained Minnesota-Duluth to an NCAA Championship this season and was named 2018 NCAA Tournament MVP. The hardworking 22 year old put up 13 goals and 20 points in 44 games during his senior season.
Read below for the official press release from Bruins.com:
BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 10, that the team has signed University of Minnesota-Duluth forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year NHL contract worth an average annual value of $750,000. Kuhlman will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
Kuhlman served as captain of Minnesota-Duluth as a senior in 2017-18, tallying 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points in 44 games. The 22-year-old center was named the 2018 NCAA Tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist in the team's 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Championship. Kuhlman served as alternate captain as a junior in 2016-17, notching six goals and 16 assists for a career-high 22 points in 42 games, as the Bulldogs advanced to the Frozen Four before falling to Denver in the NCAA title game. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward was named alternate captain as a sophomore in 2015-16, recording 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points with a career-best plus-19 rating. As a true freshman in 2014-15, Kuhlman tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points as the team earned a bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Cloquet, Minnesota native is tied for seventh in NCAA history with 166 consecutive games played.
Prior to attending Minnesota-Duluth, Kuhlman played one full season (2013-14) with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey Leagues (USHL), where he amassed 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 points with a plus-16 rating in 56 appearances, and was selected to play in the USHL All-Star Game.