New Bruins prospect John Farinacci tries to mannequin his sport after Boston legend


“I believe the way in which that he performed the sport was superb. That is the man that I attempt to play like as a lot as I can.”

United States' John Farinacci (25) celebrates his goal against Finland during second-period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
John Farinacci tasks as a gradual, two-way heart on the NHL degree. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press through AP

Gifted with a poised hockey sense and a sound defensive sport, new Bruins prospect John Farinacci tasks as an efficient two-way heart on the NHL degree if his improvement goes easily. 

And given his pro-game projection as an influence pivot down each ends of the ice, it ought to come as little shock which participant he tries to imitate every time he hops over the boards.

“I see myself as a 200-foot centerman. I can play on each ends of the ice. Good on face offs — suppose I can sort of play any function that I have to,” Farinacci mentioned on Wednesday. “I sort of satisfaction myself on being someone that may try this.

“I believe my hockey sense, intangible clever, might be my largest power. I believe a man that I attempted to — clearly not evaluating myself in any respect — however a man that I watched a ton and actually tried to emulate myself after was Patrice Bergeron. I believe the way in which that he performed the sport was superb. That’s the man that I attempt to play like as a lot as I can.”

In fact, the Bruins are usually not anticipating the 22-year-old Farinacci to develop into the subsequent Bergeron as Boston’s franchise two-way centerman. And even with Farinacci’s evident expertise, it’s not honest on any poised prospect to attempt to examine and distinction them with arguably the most effective defensive ahead in NHL historical past.

Nonetheless, with the Bruins now looking at two main voids on the prime of their lineup following Bergeron and David Krejci’s retirement, it ought to come as little shock that Boston focused Farinacci as a worthwhile funding within the post-Bergeron period.

Farinacci, who signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Boston on Wednesday after three seasons at Harvard, will almost certainly open the 2023-24 season with the Windfall Bruins.

However with Boston seemingly leaving no stone unturned because it tries to construct a middle pipeline for the long run, count on Farinacci to earn some reps throughout each coaching camp and preseason play.

“Principally it was nearly my sport and the way they evaluated my sport and form of how they see me becoming into their improvement plans right here over the subsequent little bit,” Farinacci mentioned of Boston’s message to him so far as expectations throughout the group. “So I wouldn’t say there’s something too particular, however I believe within the grand scheme of issues — simply sort of getting within the door and sort of getting began and such a terrific group like Boston I believe will do wonders for my improvement.”

Even with some anticipated seasoning on faucet down within the AHL ranks this fall, Farinacci enters his first professional season as certainly one of Boston’s most promising heart prospects alongside 19-year-old Matthew Poitras.

A right-shot pivot, Farinacci performed three seasons with the Crimson, scoring 25 targets and posting 61 whole factors in 79 video games. Regardless of lacking the primary half of the 2022-23 season as a consequence of a herniated disc in his again, Farinacci closed out his collegiate profession with 10 targets and 19 factors in simply 20 video games as a senior.

Farinacci hit free company on Tuesday after his unique draft rights with the Coyotes ended. He was initially taken by Arizona within the third spherical (76th general) of the 2019 Draft, and was arguably probably the most intriguing free agent that landed in the marketplace this week.

“With the Coyotes, that was one thing again in March that, clearly, was mentioned quite a bit as soon as the season ended,” Farinacci mentioned. “And for no matter purpose, it sort of simply didn’t work out. Nothing however good issues to say about them and their group. Sadly, simply sort of didn’t work out with them.”

Though Boston might not have replacements in place who can utterly account for Bergeron and Krejci’s offensive manufacturing and defensive acumen, Boston nonetheless has numerous facilities forward of Farinacci on the depth chart.

Each Charlie Coyle and Pavel Zacha are the early favorites for top-six reps, whereas Morgan Geekie, Trent Frederic, Patrick Brown and others will battle for reps down the center on the third and fourth traces.

Windfall regulars like Marc McLaughlin and Johnny Beecher will seemingly additionally earn appears to be like throughout coaching camp.

Farinacci seemingly may have accelerated his path to the NHL ranks by signing with a youthful, less-experienced roster.

However the former Harvard captain — who performed for his uncle (and former Bruin) Ted Donato in faculty — was impressed by Boston’s pitch whereas fielding provides for different organizations on Tuesday.

“Clearly being right here for the final couple years with Dexter [Southfield School] over there in Brookline and Harvard, I believe it was all the time one thing behind my thoughts and one thing I sort of did my due diligence on going into 5 o’clock final night time,” Farinacci, a New Jersey native, mentioned of his connections with the Bruins. “Having talks with administration final night time, I cherished every little thing they needed to provide. … I talked to a few different [teams] final night time, however for me, it was nothing that would examine to the sensation of being part of the Bruins.