Alex Petrovic reportedly signs PTO with Bruins – what can B’s expect from right-shot defenseman?

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Barring any late-summer trades, it would look as though the Bruins' forward corps will be in line for more shuffling in 2019-20, especially when it comes to filling a top-six role to David Krejci’s right and replacing Marcus Johansson on a third line anchored by Charlie Coyle.

But on the blue line, the situation is a bit more clear — if not crowded — when it comes to the Bruins. 

While Boston, like many other NHL franchises, has yet to re-sign its RFAs in Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, one figures both parties will come to terms on new deals in due time (and with some cap shed off the books, of course). 

Once McAvoy and Carlo are back in the fold, Boston figures to have an embarrassment of riches on defense, so much so that even promising rookies like Urho Vaakanainen and Jeremy Lauzon may not have much space afforded to them when it comes to cracking a roster spot out of camp. 

But in a sport as unpredictable as hockey when it comes to injuries and roster juggling, one can never have enough options when it comes to bolstering a team’s blue line. 

As such, it appears as though Boston is set to bring in another veteran for training camp, as 27-year-old Alex Petrovic has reportedly signed a professional tryout deal (PTO), as reported by Alex Thomas of Boston Hockey Now. 

The 6-foot-4, 214-pound defenseman appeared in 35 games last year between the Panthers and Oilers, tallying two assists while averaging 16:32 of ice time. A physical blue liner that battled concussion issues last season, Petrovic led all Panthers in hits during his last full season in 2017-18, amassing 142 over 67 games played. 

While there may not be that much room on the NHL roster for Petrovic at the moment, could a spot be carved out by the time October rolls around?