Bruins sign LW Lucic

Aug 3, 2007 - 1:35 AM BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Bruins got a piece of their future under contract Thursday, signing left wing Milan Lucic to an entry-level deal.

Terms were not disclosed.

A second-round pick in 2006, Lucic helped lead the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants to the Memorial Cup last season, recording 30 goals, a team-leading 68 points and 147 penalty minutes in 70 games during the regular campaign and adding 19 points in 22 playoff contests. The 19-year-old Vancouver native, who was the Giants' Most Valuable Player, also was named MVP of the Memorial Cup tournament.

"Since being drafted, Milan has shown consistent improvement, which was highlighted by his performance in the Memorial Cup," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "He also demonstrated his considerable progress during our development camp in July where his size, strength and physical play reinforced everything that led us to select him last year.

"Though he still could use some improvement in certain areas, he showed us a lot with his offensive production last season. He plays like a prototypical power forward and we are very excited to have him signed."

The 6-4, 220-pound Lucic, who spent the majority of the 2004-05 season with Coquitlam of the British Columbia Hockey League, registered nine goals, 10 assists and 149 penalty minutes in his first full campaign with Vancouver in 2005-06.

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