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By: Tom Calautti | Follow me on Twitter @TCalauttis and Linktree

After nine games of wondering, we finally have confirmation that Matt Poitras is here to stay. Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery spoke with the media before Tuesday’s optional skate, saying, “(Poitras) is sticking around.”

The Poitras hype train began picking up steam after his third season with the OHL’s Guelph Storm, where he posted 16 goals, 79 assists, and 95 points in just 63 games. He followed that up with an impressive development camp and a preseason where he put up three goals, two assists, and five points in five games.

Poitras’ electric summer left Don Sweeney & Co. no choice but to give him an audition with the Boston Bruins. In nine NHL games, the 19-year-old has three goals, two assists, and five points, good enough for sixth on the team in points and tied for third amongst all rookies in points.

This isn’t just an excellent move for Poitras and Bruins fans; it’s a great move for the organization and the 2023-24 Bruins. The Ajax, Canada, native has been arguably Boston’s best center in the early season, and the analytics back that up. Poitras is the Bruins’ top center when it comes to Corsi For (134), Expected Goals For (5.74), and Scoring Chances For (73).

Boston’s commitment to Poitras proves that Bruins management is ready and willing to allow their young skaters to play when they’ve earned their keep. With Poitras and Johnny Beecher now staples in the Bruins’ lineup, the youth movement is beginning to take full effect, and we may finally be getting a glimpse into the future of the organization.

Details on the contract have not yet been announced, but if all goes according to plan, Poitras will play his first game as an established Bruin on Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.