Bruins Newly Acquired Prospect Reveals Why His Choice Was Super Easy To Join The Bruins

Published August 17, 2023 at 1:20 PM
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The Boston Bruins were in need of reinforcement at the center position following the retirements of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci earlier in the summer.

However, their quest for new talent took an interesting turn, leading them to a promising solution shortly after Krejci's departure.

Making a move that demonstrated a touch of ingenuity, the Bruins revealed that they have successfully secured a two-year entry-level contract with Harvard center, John Farinacci.

This contract comes with a reasonable annual NHL cap hit of $910,000 and was officially confirmed on Wednesday.


The 22-year-old Farinacci was a sought-after prospect among college free agents and originally entered the NHL radar when the Arizona Coyotes selected him as the 76th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Interestingly, Farinacci had remained unsigned with Arizona, and this status change meant the Coyotes relinquished their exclusive rights to him on Tuesday.

Taking full advantage of this window of opportunity, the Boston Bruins swiftly stepped in to seal the deal, and for Farinacci, the choice was evident. In his own words, he described it as a
"pretty easy decision,"
underscoring his excitement to join the Bruins' ranks.

Emotions ran high as Farinacci expressed his sentiments, stating,
"Nothing could compare to being part of the Bruins,"
as reported by Conor Ryan of Boston.com.

There's a genuine resonance in his words, given his strong ties to the Boston region. Having played for three seasons at Harvard, Farinacci also boasts familial connections to the Bruins, being the nephew and cousin of former Bruins players Ted and Ryan Donato, respectively.

It's worth noting that he played under Ted Donato's coaching at Harvard, amassing an impressive record of 61 points in 79 games.

Standing at a solid 6 feet and 185 pounds, Farinacci projects himself as a versatile player who excels in both offensive and defensive aspects of the game.

He confidently describes himself as a "200-foot centerman," highlighting his prowess on both ends of the ice and his adeptness at faceoffs.

He humbly acknowledged the influence of an iconic figure in his aspirations, mentioning,
"Obviously not comparing myself at all, but a guy that I watched a ton and really tried to emulate myself after was Patrice Bergeron."

This demonstrates his aspiration to model his style after the renowned playmaker.

As the anticipation builds, it's clear that Farinacci is more than eager to make his mark within the Bruins organization. He envisions himself fitting into various roles, a sentiment he summed up by saying, "I think I can play any role that I need to."

His strongest attribute, as he humbly acknowledges, lies in his hockey sense, an intangible quality that is central to his playing style.

While acknowledging that he isn't making a direct comparison, Farinacci's admiration for Patrice Bergeron's gameplay is evident.

He shared, "I think the way that he played the game was amazing. That's a guy that I try to play like as much as I can." This echoes his aspiration to embody the same level of dedication and skill that Bergeron brings to the ice.

Looking ahead, the prospect of Farinacci competing for a spot in Boston's center lineup is a tantalizing one. Although it's likely he may start the season with the Providence Bruins, his journey is bound to draw attention and excitement from fans and critics alike.

With his blend of skills, ties to the region, and admiration for the greats, John Farinacci's journey as a Boston Bruin is certainly one to watch closely.

Source: Nesn
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