One thing about Don Sweeney: he loves a defenseman. Not only does he love a D-man, he loves an undersized one. Could it be that he himself was one (5’10, 184) and his power play specialist is also diminutive (5’9″, 185) and he really wants to keep him. Sure, there are exceptions to that rule – players well over 6 feet, of which we have several – but I like to think that Sweenius has a soft spot in his heart for the little guys who could.
After signing a Big Bad Wolff last week, this time the Bruins went with another smaller, Torey Krug type player named Jack Ahcan. Ahcan is 5’8″, 185 and played all four years at St. Cloud St. In his senior campaign, he played 33 games scoring 7 goals with 25 assists for 32 points while wearing the “C”.
St. Cloud St free-agent D Jack Ahcan, who "quietly had an excellent senior season," according @SchlossmanGF, is headed to BOS.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 26, 2020
It looks like Ahcan is excited to join the Bruins, likely in the fall for camp.
— Jack Ahcan (@LilUziAkon) March 27, 2020
Even Torey Krug, who is still yet to be re-signed for next season, chimed in on the signing.
Love it. Modern day d-man 🙃 https://t.co/yOgVliQDGL
— Torey Krug (@ToreyKrug) March 27, 2020
At this point, the defensive prospect pool in Providence is pretty stocked. Sweeney is just trying to make sure he never has to relive the 2017 SCP series against the Senators again, the one in which all the defensemen went down and he had to play Tommy Cross and a newly signed Charlie McAvoy (and burn a year off his ELC). It seems that he may never have to go through that ever again.