Boston Bruins Sign Defenseman To Extension

A well-earned extension today for a player who was an AHL lifer until establishing himself as an NHLer this season, as physical defenseman Parker Wotherspoon has agreed to a one-year extension with the Boston Bruins for $800,000.

Wotherspoon, 26, has done everything the Bruins have asked from him as a third-pairing defenseman. He plays a simple, defense-first game, and is there to stick up for his teammates on the ice as well.

The 6'1", 195-pound left-shot blueliner was a fourth-round pick of the New York Islanders in the 2015 Draft, then after graduating from the Western Hockey League in 2017, he was stuck in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, paying his dues for six years, with only a 12-game trial with the Islanders last season.

This year, in the Boston organization, he spent 19 games with the Providence Bruins before getting the call-up for good in mid-December, and in 32 games on the Boston backline, he's recorded five points, but more importantly, has a plus/minus rating of +5, has recorded 67 hits and 54 block shots, while gradually increasing his ice time to an average of right about 18:00 per game. He's even seen five recent games of over 20 minutes of ice time.

Great deal for both sides.

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