Bruins sign McAvoy, making him eligible for playoffs

Charlie McAvoy participated in the Bruins development camp last July. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Charlie McAvoy may or may not be a blue-line wunderkind, but it’s clear that’s the way the Bruins are thinking. Only 19 years old, McAvoy signed on the dotted line Monday, agreeing to a three-year entry-level contract that gives him the right to shake the Jacobs Family money tree for a sizeable raise in July 2019.

For a team that missed the playoffs the past two seasons, the Bruins were only too glad to pay now — and they’ll be ecstatic if McAvoy quickly becomes the bona fide, broad-shouldered NHL puck mover they envisioned when they chose him 14th overall in last June’s draft.


McAvoy is both comfortable and eager to lug the puck, not shy about delivering board-rattling hits, and eager to get his NHL life underway His debut, particularly given the club’s sudden eruption of injuries on the blue line, likely will come Wednesday night when the Bruins open their best-of-seven playoff series against the Senators in Ottawa.

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