Brandon Carlo has been on Cloud 9 the past two weeks, and each day just keeps getting better.
After attending the Boston Bruins rookie camp, he was held over for main camp and still is with the team.
On Friday, the Bruins signed the Tri-City Americans defenseman to a three-year entry-level contract.
“I had a little indication it was going to happen after talking to my agent,” Carlo said. “I was excited to walk into that room and be offered a contract. It’s a great opportunity for me and my family, who has supported me along the way.”
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A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., the 6-foot-5, 203-pound Carlo was selected by Boston in the second round (37th overall) of June’s NHL draft.
Carlo, 18, has appeared in two preseason games for the Bruins. Thursday, he was paired with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and scored his first NHL goal.
“It has been a really cool experience,” Carlo said. “I get to talk to (the veterans) on the ice — they have done amazing things. It was crazy to see that I was paired with the captain, even it was for just a few shifts before he got hurt (Chara left the game early with an upper-body injury).”
Carlo scored his goal at 5:05 of the third period, helping key a Bruins rally for a 4-3 shootout win.
“I saw it go in the back of the net, and I didn’t know what to do,” Carlo said. “I just raised my hands in the air and waited for the guys.”
During his time with the Bruins, Carlo has impressed coach Claude Julien.
“When you talk about Carlo, you see that he’s still a young player in that body, and he’s still got some things to learn,” Julien told the Bruins Insider. “But he’s really impressed me, and he impressed me at the development camp. Right now, I think he’s handled himself well. For a young guy like that to be put in a position where he was down to five (defensemen, after Chara went down) gave him the minutes he probably plays in juniors, and certainly gave him a big boost of experience. He’s handled himself well.”
Carlo has been able to do a little sightseeing while in Boston and check out some of the local eateries.
“It has been so fun seeing the city,” he said. “It’s fun to go around and get my bearings. There are some great restaurants here.”
Also Friday, Carlo was named an alternate captain for the Americans.
“It’s always fun to be part of the leadership group for the Americans,” said Carlo, who will wear an ‘A’ for the second consecutive season. “I’m excited to help out.”
He just doesn’t know when he will be able to offer his services.
“I have no indication of when they will send me back,” Carlo said.