One of the top CHL free agents, as we highlighted earlier this month, is off the market – at least for now. Today, the AHL’s Providence Bruins, Boston’s affiliate, announced the signing of undrafted forward Owen Pederson to a two-year AHL contract.
The move does not bind him to the Boston Bruins organization. Signing an AHL contract does not have any effect on a player’s NHL rights, which have still gone unclaimed. Pederson could sign an NHL contract with any team over the course of his deal in Providence.
Pederson was draft eligible in 2020 but didn’t get his name called after registering a strong 50 points in 61 games with the WHL’s Winnipeg Ice. He’s remained with Winnipeg ever since, recording a pair of point-per-game seasons and a strong playoff performance in 2022 (20 points in 14 games).
It didn’t ever culminate in a draft selection, however, but he’ll still get the chance to try and impress NHL teams at the minor pro level in hopes of earning a contract. He picked a smart team to sign with, given the Bruins’ lack of depth in their current prospect pool. Any strong showing in Providence (or even during training camp) would likely earn him a contract offer from Boston.
Last season with Winnipeg, he notched an impressive 74 points in 65 games, including 32 goals and 42 assists. Standing at an imposing 6-foot-3 and weighing in around 200 pounds, Pederson brings pro-ready size to the Providence lineup as well.