By: Erin Walsh
Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced Tuesday, July 18, that the organization has signed Detroit native, Austin Czarnik, to a one year, two-way contract worth $675K at the NHL level. Czarnik is 5’9 and weighs 160 lbs. He went undrafted and was initially picked up by the Bruins in 2015. At just 24 years old, Czarnik has a bright future ahead of him.
Before being picked up by the Boston Bruins, Czarnik played collegiate hockey at Miami University in Ohio. Through four seasons with the University, Czarnik tallied 46 goals and 123 assists for 169 points in 159 career games. During his time at Miami University, Czarnik served as the team’s captain in both his junior and senior seasons. The Hobey Baker Award is the biggest award in all of collegiate hockey. The award is given to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player, and Czarnik was a finalist for the award in 2013.
Czarnik played in 49 games for the Boston Bruins in the 2016-17 season, tallying 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points. With the Providence Bruins, Czarnik scored 6 goals and tallied 17 assists for 23 points in 22 games. In his whole career with the Providence Bruins, he has tallied 26 goals and 60 assists for 86 points in 93 games.
Overall this is a great signing by Don Sweeney. Czarnik has a very low cap hit at the NHL level so really this was a no brainer for Sweeney. This young center has a lot of potential and he needs to keep growing if he wants an official spot on the B’s roster. Czarnik is fast, has great offensive instincts and puck handling skills and has a high energy level which make him a great player to have in the B’s organization. All in all, if Czarnik continues to develop both his body and his skills, he has a good chance at making the B’s roster within the next couple of years.