The Boston Bruins have made news for the second time in as many days. The club dipped into the NCAA free agency pool to sign University of Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Nick Wolff to an entry-level contract. Wolff just completed his senior season, playing in 33 games for the Bulldogs.
An undrafted free agent, Wolff is 23-years-old and stands in at 6’4″ and 217 pounds. In 33 games for the Bulldogs, Wolff registered ten points (0 g, 10 a) and 42 penalty minutes. He was a +18 for the 22-10-2 Bulldogs.
Wolff experienced quite a bit of winning in his college career. He advanced to the Frozen Four in 2017, 2018 and 2019 with the Bulldogs. They won the NCAA National Championship in both 2018 and 2019. They were scheduled to host the University of Miami (Ohio) in the NCHC playoffs starting on March 13th. That was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mark Divver, freelance reporter who covers the NCAA, described Wolff as being ‘tough as nails’, although skating is an area in need of improvement.
“I love him as a kid. He’s got a huge heart. The guys love him. He’s going to play pro hockey one day,” UMD associate coach Jason Herter told Divver in January. “He’s working on his stick and his angles. You’ve got a big guy like that, he takes up a lot of space. If he starts to use his body position and angles, that’s the NHL game right now, to be honest. He’s learning to do that and he’s getting better everyday.”
Nick Wolff attended the Bruins development camp each of the last two springs.
He is the second player signed by the club this week. The Bruins inked Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman to an entry-level deal on Tuesday.