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Source: Boston Bruins Vying For Boston College Prospect McBain

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The Boston Bruins have signed a couple of college hockey prospects in the last few days, and they might not be done yet.

The Bruins are among several teams interested in Boston College forward Jack McBain, sources have confirmed to Boston Hockey Now. The B’s interest makes all the sense in the world given their desire to widen the organizational depth of quality center prospects and given how much the Boston Bruins scouting staff clearly likes pro prospects from quality Hockey East programs.

The Montreal Canadiens are in the McBain sweepstakes as well per TSN’s Darren Dreger and the Arizona Coyotes have also shown definite interest, per a Montreal Hockey Now report, in the 6-foot-4, 208-pound center that finished with a very strong 33 points in 24 games for the Boston College Eagles this season.

McBain nearly doubled his offensive output in his final season with the Eagles after a decent first three seasons at the Heights, and further raised his profile by skating for Team Canada at the Olympics in Beijing last month.

The trade winds are blowing with the pro prospect because it appears he isn’t going to sign with the Minnesota Wild and would be able to choose his destination as of August 16 when unsigned college hockey draft picks gain free agency after departing their respective school. It would make sense that the Wild would be looking to at least recoup the third round pick they used to draft McBain back in the 2018 NHL Draft when a trade comes down.

The Boston Bruins are already shifting around their young centers organizationally as well, as 23-year-old Jack Studnicka was called back up to Boston ahead of Wednesday night’s road game against the Minnesota Wild.

The move was made as McBain’s Boston College teammate, Marc McLaughlin, reported to Providence on Wednesday to finish out the AHL season with the P-Bruins after signing a two-year deal with Boston on Tuesday. It’s unknown at this point if Studnicka’s recall is related to an injury at the center position (Patrice Bergeron took a maintenance day prior to Tuesday’s win over the Blackhawks) or could be about showcasing him to NHL scouts ahead of the NHL trade deadline.

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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