Chris Casto Signs ELC with Boston Bruins

Confirmation by his twitter account and from multiple source, UMD Sophomore defenseman Chris Casto has reportedly signed with the Boston Bruins today (Monday).

The 6-2, 210lb blue-liner is to report to Providence tomorrow (Tuesday) to join Boston's AHL team, the Providence Bruins, after signing his ELC earlier today.  I would assume the official announcement from the team would be later tonight or tomorrow morning.

The Bruins were showing interest in Casto when he attended the Bruins' development camp in the summer of 2012.  If you'd like to read about what exactly he had to say about his experience, you can click HERE.

Casto, a Stillwater native, will leave UMD with two seasons under his belt, playing in 77 games while scoring 5 goals for 22 points.

Caught off guard.  It was anticipated that Casto would be leaving after a successful freshman season, racking up 2 goals and 13 points while playing in all 41 games, but we assumed in order for that to happen, Casto would have had to have a fantastic sophomore year.

Not that the sophomore didn't have a great season, but I assumed for him to leave his numbers would have had to jump off the page a bit more.

Why?  Although I'm not completely sure, I would assume Casto would leave for a couple of reasons.  Obviously a college hockey player's goal is to make it to the NHL one day.  Add the money of an ELC to that and it's pretty difficult to say no.

Also, there's always a risk of getting hurt.  I'm sure Casto weighed out his options and went with the best fit for him and his future.

Good Luck.  The Bulldogs will miss Casto's physical presence on the blue-line, as well as his ability to see the ice.  We'd like to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors with the Bruins and hope he can make the most out of the opportunity.

(Photo: Dave Harwig)


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