For a 22-year-old defenseman that thrived in his first taste of postseason play in 2019, Brandon Carlo had quite a few things working against him when it came time to negotiate his first big pay raise as a member of the Boston Bruins.
Of course, as a restricted free agent, Carlo’s options were limited this summer — with Boston and its $14 million in cap space holding most of the cards when it came to determining the blue liner’s value following his third season in the NHL.
There’s plenty to like in Carlo’s game, with the 6-foot-5 skater serving as a key cog on a B’s defense than ranked third in the league last season in goals allowed per game at 2.58.
A workhorse (20:55 ATOI) that also logged the second-most minutes on the penalty kill (2:47 ATOI), Carlo projects as a reliable, stay-at-home defenseman that can serve effectively in a top-four role for the next decade, it not more.
That’s great news for the Bruins. But not too great for Carlo’s bank account — at least when comparing his new haul to what other young blueliners are commanding out on the FA market.