Bruins unlikely to sign Bradford


Brock Bradford will become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15. (Essdras Suarez/Globe Staff)

Things could change prior to Aug. 15, the date Brock Bradford can become an unrestricted free agent. But as of now, Bradford will most likely not sign with the Bruins, who own the former Boston College captain’s draft rights.

“Right now, it’s not looking like we’ll sign him,” said Don Sweeney, director of hockey operations and player development.

Bradford, Boston’s seventh-round pick in 2005, scored 25 goals and 17 assists in his senior season at BC. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward projects to be a scorer in the AHL. But Yannick Riendeau, signed as a free agent on April 2, had overtaken the 22-year-old Bradford on the depth chart and could serve as an offensive-minded player in Providence in 2009-10. The 21-year-old Riendeau, unable to participate in this week’s development camp because of a shoulder injury, scored 126 points in 64 games in 2008-09 for Drummondville of the QMJHL.


ANALYSIS: It’s always tough when you don’t sign your draft picks. But Bradford, the team’s last pick in 2005, wasn’t high on Boston’s depth chart. He was a talented scorer at the college level, but will have to adjust to the AHL grind against bigger and older players. Of the eight players selected in 2005 (Matt Lashoff was the first-round pick), two remain in the organization: Mikko Lehtonen and Vladimir Sobotka.

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