As more youngsters are woven into fabric of Bruins’ leadership, the future looks bright

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He may be just 24 years old, but Brandon Carlo has already built quite the resume for himself up in the NHL ranks.

Now in his fifth full season with Boston, Carlo has established himself as a minutes-eating, top-four presence on the B's blue line ever since he broke into the league as a 20-year-old rookie back in 2016. Starting with his debut, the Colorado Springs native has skated in 313 games with a black-and-gold sweater, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per game in three of his four full campaigns with the B's.

Along the way, Carlo has skated alongside star talent on the blue line such as former captain Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug — with both Krug and Carlo establishing themselves as arguably Boston's top pair during Boston's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.

And yet, for all of the accomplishments he's already carved out for himself in his young career, none of those feats could hold a candle to what he experienced ahead of puck drop on Sunday evening at Lake Tahoe.