By Kirk Luedeke
Although an official announcement is still pending, the Boston Bruins have signed Lake Superior State defenseman Zach Trotman to a three-year entry level contract several sources revealed to New England Hockey Journal earlier this week.
Trotman confirmed the signing Saturday, and the 210th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is expected to make his AHL debut against the Connecticut Whale the night after Boston fifth-round pick Justin Florek scored a pair of goals in a four-point night and win over the Manchester Monarchs.
Trotman, 21, is a native of Carmel, Indiana who was raised in Novi, Michigan. After a season with the NAHL's Wichita Falls Wildcats, he joined the Lakers and was drafted by the B's after acquiring the final pick of the draft from Chicago.
At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Trotman is a mobile, intelligent puck-moving defender with upside. He had a strong development camp showing in 2010 and a year ago, was one of the Boston futures camp's top performers. After an eight point freshman season at Lake Superior, he scored 41 points in the next two years, posting a career-best 11 tallies as a junior. His developmental progression was impressive, and Trotman brings an intriguing mix of size and skill to the defense position on Boston's depth chart.
Although he had one year of eligibility remaining in the NCAA, the B's enticed Trotman to turn pro with a deal rumored to be near the rookie max allocation for entry-level contracts. The team even traded Yury Alexandrov's contract to the Islanders this week to free up the space to get a deal done with Trotman now.