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Blake Wheeler to join Kessel, Stuart in Boston

FELDY: Blake Wheeler passed up his senior season at the University of Minnesota to go pro. Then he passed up a chance to sign a contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, the team that made him the No. 4 overall pick in the NHL Draft in 2004.

Now it appears Wheeler will join former teammate Phil Kesseland Rochester native Mark Stuartas a member of the Boston Bruins. Wheeler can't officially sign with the Bruins until July 1, but the Star Tribune reports the sides have agreed on a two-year contract .

Wheeler should actually probably get used to playing in Providence before he worries about Boston. He's a big guy (6-4, 210), but he'll likely move from center to wing, and he's moving to full-time action on a smaller ice sheet (the Gophers play on an Olympic-size 200x100 sheet, while all NHL games are on 200x85 sheets). If Wheeler can learn how to finish, he'll spend plenty of time in a Bruins uniform.

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