Karson Kuhlman intends to finish what he started a little over a year ago.
The Boston Bruins center laid the personal expectations he’ll carry into the upcoming NHL season Tuesday in a video press conference with reporters. Kuhlman, who signed a two-year contract with Boston on Monday as a restricted free agent, will set out to establish himself in the NHL by secure a spot on one of the Bruins’ lines.
“Yeah, definitely, my expectations from myself are to go into camp kind of like I did last year,” Kuhlman said said when asked where he sees himself fitting on the Bruins’ roster, per the team. “Go in there and play my game and be able to help the team right off the bat. Now obviously it’s a great roster, like you said, we’re deep. Yeah, my expectations of myself are to be there and to continue to get better and to help the team out as much as possible.”
Kuhlman’s contract is a two-way deal in the first year and a one-way deal in the second, meaning there’s a chance he’ll spend time in Providence with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate.
However, the speedy 25-year old is working diligently during the offseason to sharpen his skills and give Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy no choice but to keep him in Boston.
“For me, it’s a lot of net front stuff,” Kuhlman said when asked how he tries to improve his goal scoring. “I think that is kind of part of my game is getting around the net. Whether it’s tipping a bunch of pucks in practice or, this summer we’ve been doing a lot of getting rebounds, gathering them and getting them upstairs. I think a few times in playoffs there even, I had a rush or had a break and was unable to elevate it and that is the difference between scoring a goal and not. I think it’s a lot of little things that add up to a few more goals a year and that’s how I can contribute.”
The NHL hasn’t announced dates for the season, and the Bruins haven’t set a timeline for training camp. Regardless of when training camp or the season takes place, Kuhlman’s mission will remain the same.