The Boston Bruins have signed forward, Trent Frederic to an Entry Level Contract (ELC). Frederic, a sophomore at Wisconsin University, decided to leave the school and begin his pro career after scoring 17 goals and recorded 15 assists for 32 points in his sophomore season. Frederic had 65 points through 66 games while playing for Wisconsin. Frederic is a St. Louis native who also spent time playing for the USA National Team Development Program. While playing for a numerous amount of USA development teams, Frederic racked up 85 points (42 G, 43 A). He has played for USNTDP Juniors, US National U17 Team, USA U17, USA National U18 Team, USA U18, and USA U20.
The Bruins drafted Frederic late in the first-round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, 29th overall. Frederic has the ability to be a strong two-way center and has developed well during his career at Wisconsin. Frederic isn’t the flashiest goal scorer around but can get the puck in the net when needed and possesses a great shot. His strength is what sets him apart from most kids drafted in the first round. His physicality will likely land him a spot on the Bruins roster at some point in the near future. The things he has to work on include his speed and skating skills, which he worked on a lot while at Wisconsin.
Frederic has great positioning and anticipation skills. It’s easy for him to pick up on the pass and easy for him to anticipate what play will happen next. Some of his best scoring chances have come off of turnovers in the neutral zone. Defensively he is great on the forecheck and puts a lot of pressure on the puck carrier. Offensively he has stepped up his game tremendously. Recording 65 points in 66 games played is not easy but Frederic managed to do it while improving at Wisconsin.
Overall, Frederic continues to improve at a fast pace. He is definitely ready to get a taste of pro hockey and will hopefully make a splash through the rest of the season with the Providence Bruins (AHL). Frederic reports to the Providence Bruins on an ATO, amateur tryout agreement. There he will most likely impress his coaches and teammates and will be ready to vie for a spot on the Boston Bruins roster come next season.
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