Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 30, that the Bruins have acquired a first round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and forward Sean Kuraly from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones.
Kuraly, 22, skated in all 40 games for Miami University (Ohio) in 2014-15 as Assistant Captain, racking up 19-10=29 totals with 38 penalty minutes. The forward's 19 goals ranked second on the team, while his 29-point output ranked fifth.
In 118 of a possible 120 NCAA contests (missed just two games to compete for Team USA in the 2013 World Junior Championships) at Miami University, Kuraly accrued 37-33=70 totals. Kuraly joins forwards Reilly Smith and Austin Czarnik as Miami University (Ohio) alumni currently in the Bruins' organization. Kuraly was teammates with Czarnik from 2012-15.
Kuraly won a gold medal competing for Team USA in the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, where he recorded one goal and two assists with a plus-four rating in seven games. Kuraly became one of two players in MU history (Riley Barber) to win gold at World Juniors.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Kuraly played three seasons ( 2009-12) for the Indiana Ice of the USHL were he scored 41 goals and collected 61 assists in 110 games with a combined plus-17 rating. In 11 USHL playoff competitions, the forward notched four goals and four assists.
The 6'2'', 201-pound forward from Dublin, OH was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
In 2014-15 Jones, 25, played 15 games with the Los Angeles Kings, with a 4-5-2 record, a 2.25 GAA and .906 save percentage, winning three of the four games by shutout with a 154:17 scoreless streak from Nov. 26-Dec. 12. He has a 16-11-2 record, a .923 save percentage, and a 1.99 GAA in 34 career NHL games.
Jones was acquired by the Bruins on June 26, 2015 along with defenseman Colin Miller and a first round pick in 2015 (13th overall) from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Milan Lucic. The 6’4”, 189 lb. native of North Vancouver, B.C. Signed with the Kings as a free agent on October 2, 2008.