UND’s McIntyre Signs First Contract with Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed their 2010 sixth round draft pick Zane McIntyre to a two-year entry level contract. McIntyre is the reigning Mike Richter award winner for best the NCAA Top Collegiate Goaltender after putting up .929 save percentage and 2.05 goals against average at the University of North Dakota in 2014-15.
McIntyre, who changed his last name from Gothberg to honor his mother and grandmother, is expected to join Boston’s AHL affiliate Prvidence Bruins, but the franchise’s goaltending is currently in a state of flux.
Last season’s backup, Niklas Svedberg, recently left to sign with Salavat Yulaev of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, leaving the Bruins in search of someone play behind Tuukka Rask. The Bruins could bring in short term veteran help–and there are several players who would fit this bill available–it is not clear that the franchise will choose this route.
Instead, they could decide to promote top prospect Malcom Subban (.921/2.44 with AHL affiliate Providence Bruins) to the NHL. If so, they will need to re-sign or replace Jeremy Smith at the AHL level. Smith, who partnered with Subban in Providence (.933/2.05) is a pending unrestricted free agent.
— JPL Goaltending (@JPLgoaltending) June 20, 2015
— JPL Goaltending (@JPLgoaltending) June 18, 2015