The Bruins yesterday announced the signing of defenseman Yuri Alexandrov, their 2006 second-round pick, to a two-year, entry-level contract. The 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pound Alexandrov most likely will start 2010-11 in Providence (AHL) as he transitions to North American hockey.
This past season, Alexandrov, the 37th overall pick in ’06 (a bumper crop of a draft that included Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and Andrew Bodnarchuk), scored six goals and had 15 assists in 56 games for the KHL’s Cherepovets
The 21-year-old is a mobile puck mover who relies on positioning to counter opponents in the defensive zone. Alexandrov was one of the more polished players in last summer’s development camp.