Alex Petrovic Joins Bruins on PTO

EDMONTON, AB – DECEMBER 31: Alex Petrovic #15 of the Edmonton Oilers skates during the game against the Winnipeg Jets on December 31, 2018 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins will be adding another depth defenseman to their roster after signing 27-year-old Alexander Petrovic to a professional try out. First reported by Boston Hockey Now, Bruins Diehards can confirm that this PTO has officially been signed.

The 6’4″ defenseman from Edmonton has played 263 games in the NHL, garnering 5 goals and 45 assists for 50 points. He’s also posted 360 penalty minutes.

Petrovic is a depth signing for the Bruins, but where he fits in the roster is unkown considering the Bruins do have a good amount of defense in their system. That being said, when you can add size, physicality, and depth on a PTO, there isn’t much room to complain.

PTO’s are entirely harmless, and if Petrovic has a good showing in training camp, this could open up options to trade a couple defenseman (a la Kevan Miller and John Moore) to relieve cap space and sign Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. That would be a creative approach to the Bruins cap situation, but it could work.

Nick Godin

In addition to running Bruins Diehards, Nick Godin has covered the Boston Bruins for various websites for over five years. He currently works for the Providence Bruins, and was a credentialed Portland Pirates writer. Nick is also a co-host of the Bruins Diehards podcast. When Nick is not writing, broadcasting or simply watching hockey as a fan, he is likely watching mixed martial arts/UFC. Yes, Nick likes fighting in the NHL.

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