The Boston Bruins landed themselves another local college hockey player signing Boston College captain and Billerica native Marc McLaughlin to a two-year entry level contract on Tuesday afternoon. The 22-year-old center had 21 goals in 33 games for a subpar Eagles team this season and steadily improved each year at the Heights to finish with the 21 goals and 32 points in 33 games during his senior season at BC.
The 6-foot, 210-pound forward served as captain for each of the last two seasons at Boston College, and appeared in 130 career games with the Eagles, recording 40 goals and 36 assists for 76 points and a plus-30 rating. McLaughlin set his career high in goals (21), assists (11) and points (32) during his senior season in 2021-22.
McLaughlin also represented team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, appearing in two games for the United States prior to them getting eliminated short of the medal round. The signing continues a longstanding tradition of the Boston Bruins showing interest in US-born captains of college hockey teams that’s worked out very well in the past with players like Torey Krug and Noel Acciari winding up in Boston that way.
It was a solid signing by the Boston Bruins management and scouting staff as McLaughlin was drawing interest around the NHL as an undrafted free agent eligible to sign with any organization. McLaughlin’s two-year contract comes with an annual NHL cap hit of $883,750. McLaughlin’s signing comes just a day after the B’s announced the signing Providence College defenseman Mike Callahan to a two-year entry level contract after serving as captain for the Friars over the last three years.
The Bruins signed Callahan after sending a 2024 seventh round draft pick to the Arizona Coyotes for the rights to the player selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.