Kessel signs three-year deal, will report to camp

Updated: August 17, 2006, 8:47 PM ET
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BOSTON -- Phil Kessel, the fifth pick in this year's NHL draft, signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins.

Kessel will earn the entry-level max $850,000 in annual salary for the duration of the contract. He'll also be eligible for significant performance-based bonuses.

The 18-year-old center played one season of college hockey at Minnesota in 2005-06, finishing second on the team in scoring and sixth in the conference with 18 goals and 33 assists in 34 games.

"Phil is a player with world-class speed and gifted offensive talents," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "We feel he is ready to begin his professional development and we are looking forward to seeing him compete at training camp."

Kessel, a 6-foot, 189-pounder from Madison, Wis., was the career leader in goals for USA Hockey's national development team.

With Kessel's departure opening up a scholarship, the Gophers announced that forward Jay Barriball -- a former prep star at Holy Angels in Richfield -- will join the team this fall. He had been playing juniors for Sioux Falls in the USHL.

Barriball was a seventh-round draft pick by San Jose this summer. Other incoming freshmen include forwards Mike Carman, Ryan Flynn, Tony Lucia, Jim O'Brien and Kyle Okposo; and defensemen David Fischer, Erik Johnson and Brian Schack.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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