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By: Mark Allred | Follow me on Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Boston Bruins announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Jesper Boqvist to a one-year, one-way contract. The one-year contract comes with an average annual salary of $775,000 for the upcoming 2023-24 regular season.

The 6′-0″, 181-pound versatile forward plays both center and left-wing and was selected in the second round of the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. The 24-year-old appeared in 70 games for the NHL Devils, posting 10-11-21 numbers in his first full season in the NHL without spending time in the AHL with the Jersey organization.

Boqvist, a Sweden native, has 55 points in 189 career NHL games and, when needed at the minor-pro level (AHL), has 12-14-26 totals in 34 career games. This is seemingly another depth signing for increased competition this fall in training camp. This could also be a sneakingly good move if Jesper survives the waiver process if he doesn’t make the NHL club out of camp before the 2023-24 regular season starts.

This could also be an excellent move for a player like Fabian Lysell, who’ll have a countryman close by as an older player to lean on. This is a great addition for the young Boston Bruins prospect with the free agency departure of veteran forward Vinni Lettieri. The transition to North American hockey can be a long process for some Europeans leaving home, and this might be a comforting and motivating tactic for the 20-year-old and former first-round selection.