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With Boston Bruins training camp around the corner, the Boston Bruins tied up one of their loose ends by signing restricted free agent Zach Senyshyn to a one-year contract. The deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 at the NHL level and just $200,000 in the minors per our friends at PuckPedia.

The 24-year-old Senyshyn actually had a very good AHL season when he was healthy last year with seven goals and 13 points in 18 games for the P-Bruins along with a plus-3 rating. But the 6-foot-1, 207-pound former first round pick got injured almost immediately after being called up to the NHL last season and ended up going scoreless in eight games with Boston last season.

Senyshyn now has three points in 14 career NHL games in his career and has 40 goals and 79 points in 192 career AHL games for the Providence Bruins. The speedy Ottawa winger will unfortunately always be known as the player that the Boston Bruins reached for with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft when other players like Mat Barzal, Kyle Conner, Travis Konecny and Brock Boeser were sitting there for the taking in a stacked draft class.

It’s a first round blunder that the Boston Bruins finally, fully acknowledged this offseason with Jake DeBrusk struggling to hold a top-9 forward spot with Boston, and both Jakub Zboril and Senyshyn fringe NHL players at this point.

“I’ve looked back at that a lot, obviously. I think the timing of when we hired Don and then the draft was taking place – would have been good I think to have a little bit more time between the hiring and the draft,” said Boston Bruins President Cam Neely back in June. “Not to say that Don wasn’t involved in the amateur meetings, but he wasn’t involved at the time, most of the time thinking that he was making the picks. I think Don did everything he needed to do leading up to that draft to get three first-round picks. I thought the moves that he made were really good and poised to set us up for the future.”

The guys put the list together. I think maybe during that time, we should have taken some time out – as everybody knows, we tried to move up in the draft. It didn’t work. We probably should have taken the time out [before our picks] and really just digested that list a little bit more. Then there was a pick that one of our scouts really thought that the player wouldn’t be available in the second round. Obviously, hindsight is everything we’d all love to have. moving forward and thinking about making different decisions or better decisions, I guess. You can always do that in every draft though, no matter where you pick and how many picks you have.”

One suspects that the player Neely was referencing above was Senyshyn, who was projected to go outside of the first round headed into the amateur player draft. Now the 24-year-old will get another year with the Boston Bruins to turn around the conversation and show that they can perhaps salvage a little more out of that fateful draft from six years ago.

*Fabian Lysell saved his best for last in the Prospects Challenge over the weekend in Buffalo when he piled up some assists in the 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. (Boston Hockey Now)

*Is Steve Yzerman the best GM in the Atlantic Division? Well, I suppose that depends on how much credit you give him for building the Tampa Bay Lightning that won back-to-back Stanley Cups. (Detroit Hockey Now)

*Nolan Patrick now has a two-year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights as he tries to write a different chapter in his NHL storybook. (Vegas Hockey Now)

*Morgan Frost is hoping that the third time is the charm to crack the Philadelphia Flyers roster this season. (Philly Hockey Now)

*Former Boston Bruins draft pick Cedric Pare had an active night for the Maple Leafs prospects with a fight and then a goal scored as well.

*For something completely different: Apparently Letitia Wright injured herself on the set of Black Panther 2 but is healthy and back shooting the movie again. (Comicbook.com)

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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William Mahoney

Don’s “player judgement” will be in my question block category if he doesn’t give more effort to getting Jack Eichel in B’s uniform.

miket

Any word on why this deal took so long to sign? From the outside, it strikes me as something that should have been complete back in July.

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