The Ducks have signed center Nick Bonino
to a two-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, no terms of the deal were disclosed.
Bonino, 21 (4/20/88), just completed his junior season at Boston University (BU), scoring a team-leading 11-27=38 points in 33 contests. His 27 assists, 120 shots and +18 rating were also team highs. The 6-1, 190-pound center ranked tied for 10th among Hockey East players in scoring. The BU Terriers fell to the University of Maine in the Semifinals of the Hockey East tournament on Friday, Mar. 19.
Bonino’s 2009-10 season highlights include a career-best four assists on Jan. 16 vs. Merrimack and an assist on the game-winner in BU’s 3-2 win over Boston College at the Sun Life Frozen Fenway on Jan. 8 at Fenway Park. Bonino also notched three assists to reach 100 career points as a Terrier in a 6-2 win over the University of Massachusetts on Jan. 29. In addition, he was named to the Hockey East honor roll this season on four separate occasions (Oct. 12, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and Jan. 18).
A native of Hartford, CT, Bonino won the NCAA Championship with BU in 2008-09. He helped the Terriers capture the Frozen Four tournament by scoring the game-tying goal with 18 seconds remaining to force overtime on Apr. 11, 2009 vs. Miami (Ohio). He finished second on the club with 18-32=50 points in 44 games and was one of only seven college hockey players in 2008-09 to register 50-or-more points. Bonino was named the Reebok Hockey East Player of the Month for February, scoring 6-8=14 points with a +9 rating in nine games.
Selected by San Jose in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Bonino was acquired by Anaheim with goaltender Timo Pielmeier in exchange for left wing Travis Moen and defenseman Kent Huskins on Mar. 4, 2009. In his first year at BU, Bonino led all Hockey East freshmen in goals, scoring 16-13=29 points in 39 games. Before enrolling at BU, he was the 2007 United States Hockey Report Prep Forward of the Year. He captained Avon Old Farms (Avon, CT) to the 2007 New England Division 1 Prep championship, scoring 24-42=66 points in 26 games.