Report: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson to turn pro after BU season ends
|03.15.17 at 4:43 pm ET|
Boston’s newest ‘JFK’ — Bruins prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson — could make the jump from Comm. Ave to Causeway St. a little sooner than anticipated, according to a report from the Red Line Report’s Kirk Luedeke.
On his latest post on his personal blog, Luedeke writes that Forsbacka Karlsson, a second-round draft pick (45th overall) in 2015, is leaning towards turning pro once his sophomore season with the Boston University Terriers comes to close.
This was something Bruins general manager Don Sweeney hinted at during his trade deadline press conference.
“We have college kids that may decide [to go pro] and make that decision a little easier,” Sweeney said of the organization’s collegiate prospects. “Those are case by case situations. But we do have some players that we’re going to make decisions on or they’re gonna make decisions in the coming weeks. And we have flexibility to be able to do that — to add those players contractually and bring them into the fold if that’s what we decide to do and that’s what they decide to do.”
Masked by the hype of Terriers teammate and fellow Bruins prospect Charlie McAvoy, Forsbacka Karlsson has been compared to Patrice Bergeron for his defensive instincts as a centerman, and his ability to get the job done in all three zones of the rink. That has been the case since he first joined the Terriers, and came through in his last game, as Forsbacka Karlsson was a standout in BU’s Game 2 win over Northeastern in the Hockey East quarterfinals last weekend.
“He was huge,” BU coach David Quinn said of Forsbacka Karlsson. “He’s been a little snakebitten in the point department, but when we needed him most, he stood tall. … Jakob not only had three points, but he played well for 200 feet.”
A Stockholm, Swe. native, the 6-foot-1 forward has 23 goals and 61 points in 75 games with BU since 2015.