Most people saw the Bruins sign Jesper Froden to a one-year deal on June 14 and thought of him as a depth addition. While he very well might be that, we could see him in the mix more than initially expected. He caught the eye of the organization with his progression in the SHL over the years and impressive showing at the World Championships for Sweden earlier this summer. He tallied eight goals and added two assists in 18 games.
The Bruins retooled their bottom-six forward core quite a bit this offseason, and Froden could very well be another cog in that retool. The 27-year old forward has drawn recent praise in training camp and had a good showing in the prospects challenge, scoring four goals in two games.
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Brad Marchand likes what he sees from Froden, saying “[He] skates well, shoots the puck well, seems to get in good areas. Seems like he’s a real good player.” If there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to fit that description, it’s Marchand. Froden spent time on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on Thursday and Friday at camp.
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Head coach Bruce Cassidy was asked at camp on Friday if he could see Froden contributing at the NHL level this season and he said “I do. He’s a smart player.” Additionally, he said “We didn’t know how it would translate over here, but so far the results are good.” So, things are off to a nice start for the Swedish forward.
One thing that I live by when it comes to hockey is that you can never have enough depth. Froden is no exception to that rule, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he continues to adjust to North American hockey in Providence and Boston.