The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with left wing Petr Kalus on a three-year contract, it was announced today by Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.
“Petr had an excellent year in Regina last season,” said Gorton. “He led his team in goals and points as a rookie. He’s shown a real scoring touch, he has some toughness as well and he’s a very competitive kid. He had a strong showing in training camp last year for us and we look forward to seeing his improvement at training camp this season.”
Kalus (pronounced KAY-looz), 18, was Boston’s second pick, 39th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons of junior hockey with Vitkovice in his native Czech Republic with 28-19=47 totals and 228 penalty minutes in 91 games in the Czech Junior League.
He was selected by Regina of the Western Hockey League with the third overall pick in the 2005 Canadian Hockey League import draft and played his first season in North America with the Pats last season. The 6’1”, 192 lb. native of Ostrava, Czech Republic led all Western Hockey League rookies in goals and led his team in both goals and points with 36 goals and 22 assists for 58 points with 87 penalty minutes in 60 Regina games this season. He added 4-1=5 totals with six penalty minutes in six WHL playoff games as the Pats fell to Saskatoon and fellow 2005 Bruins draft pick Wacey Rabbit in a six-game series.
Kalus is the third prospect in the Bruins’ 2005 draft class to sign with the club. First round pick Matt Lashoff signed with the team on March 24, 2006 after playing his third season of junior hockey in Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League and he joined the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence on a try-out agreement at the conclusion of his junior season. Fourth round pick Jonathan Sigalet signed on August 15, 2005 out of Bowling Green State University and played last season in Providence/AHL.