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While this move reopens the hole of not having a reliable backup goaltender for the upcoming season, it gives the Bruins a highly touted prospect in Kuraly and what should be a high to middle first round pick in next year's draft.
Kuraly was drafted in the fifth round (#155 overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has played the last three seasons at Miami University (Ohio), where he registered a mark of thirty-seven goals and thirty-three assists.
The two-way center measures in at 6'2, 200 pounds and has a similar style of play to that of Joe Thornton. Kuraly has the skills, the talent and the size to compete in the NHL, and the Bruins acquiring him as well as a first round pick is a steal. Look for Kuraly to play a big role for the Bruins in the near future.
As for the hole at the end of the Bruins' bench, the B's will now likely go to free agency to find a backup goaltender. Karri Ramo, Michael Neurvirth and Viktor Fasth are all unrestricted free agents. Signing one of those three would not be a bad move, as they would be decently cheap and be able to provide support for Tuukka Rask a couple times a month. Malcom Subban and Zane McIntyre are not ready for NHL action, and Niklas Svedberg just signed a contract to play in Europe, so the Bruins better get on top of this issue quickly.
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