LAS VEGAS — He’s logged a grand total of two games up at the NHL level, but Bruins winger Karson Kuhlman already has a history with a few of Boston’s fellow young skaters in the locker room.
During his time at Minnesota Duluth, Kuhlman helped kickstart the Charlie McAvoy era with the Bruins, with the Bulldogs eliminating BU in the NCAA Regional Final back in 2017, in what stood as McAvoy’s final collegiate matchup before signing his deal with Boston. In what has been his first full year of pro hockey, Kuhlman worked on his craft down in Providence with fellow pivot prospect Trent Frederic for the first four months of the 2018-19 AHL campaign.
An undrafted free agent that joined the B's after captaining a Duluth club that took home an NCAA championship in 2018, Kuhlman’s call-up to the NHL last week may not have caused many shockwaves — but it hasn’t taken very long for the 23-year-old skater to make his presence felt, both on and off the ice.
Already rising up the ranks of Boston’s prospect pipeline thanks to his strong skating ability and hard-nosed, responsible game, Kuhlman has received praise from members of Boston’s upper management, like Director of Player Development Jamie Langenbrunner,for his impact on a locker room and the presence he already casts as a leader.
Tangible barometers of talent such as skating ability, puck handling and more, win out in most cases when it comes to evaluating a player, but the way in which Kuhlman carries himself off the ice has already allowed the forward to develop quite the reputation up in the pro ranks.