The Boston Bruins have signed right wing Kris Versteeg to a three-year contract, it was announced today by Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Versteeg, 20, was Boston’s fourth pick (fifth round), 134th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and would have re-entered the 2006 draft had he not signed by 5:00 p.m. today. He has played the last four seasons of junior hockey with Lethbridge, Kamloops and Red Deer of the Western Hockey League with 62 goals and 105 assists for 167 points and 312 penalty minutes in 264 career junior games.
The 5’9”, 160 lb. native of Lethbridge, Alberta began last season in Kamloops with 6-6=12 totals and 24 PIM in 14 games before he was traded to Red Deer and he added 10-26=36 totals and 103 PIM in 57 Rebels games. He signed with Providence/AHL on a try-out agreement at the conclusion of his junior season and played 13 regular season games with the AHL Bruins with two goals and four assists for six points and 13 PIM and also played three scoreless playoff games in Providence.
Gorton also announced that Ashton Rome, the team’s fourth round pick (108th overall), in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft will re-enter the June 24, 2006 NHL Entry Draft and that the club will not sign 2000 first round pick Lars Jonsson, receiving as compensation the 37th overall pick in this year’s draft.