BU’s Forsbacka Karlsson Foregoes Final Two Seasons, Signs With Bruins
Boston University forward Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins, beginning with the 2016-17 season. Forsbacka Karlsson is expected to join the Boston Bruins during the upcoming week.
Forsbacka Karlsson becomes the third BU player to sign early this spring, joining Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins) and Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes).
Forsbacka Karlsson served as alternate captain of the Boston University Terriers as a sophomore in 2016-17, posting 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. The Terriers were undefeated in games in which he scored a goal (9-0-1). The 20-year-old forward was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2015-16 after notching 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating.
Prior to attending Boston University, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound forward played two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL from 2013-15, compiling 26 goals and 60 assists for 86 points with 64 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating. He was selected to the USHL Third All-Star Team in 2014-15.
Forsbacka Karlsson has represented Sweden in international play on several occasions. In 49 games of international juniors competition from 2011-16, he recorded seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. Most recently, Forsbacka Karlsson appeared in seven games at the 2016 Under-20 World Junior Championships, where he tallied one goal and four assists for five points.
The Stockholm, Sweden native was selected by the Bruins in the second round (45th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.