Fallstrom Well on His Way
Bruins prospect Alexander Fallstrom talks about his transition from college hockey with the Harvard Crimson to the Providence Bruins.
BostonBruins.com – This past Saturday, 22-year-old forward Alexander Fallstrom became the second Boston Bruins prospect in the last week to sign an entry-level contract with the team – Anthony Camara signed his deal last Thursday.
Fallstrom, who recently finished up his college career at Harvard, after the Crimson were eliminated in the first round of the ECAC playoffs by Dartmouth, was acquired by the Bruins in October of 2009 along with Craig Weller and a 2011 second round pick, in exchange for Chuck Kobasew.
The 2009 fourth round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, tallied 33 goals and 37 assists during his four years at Harvard, and in 32 games this past season, Fallstrom led the team in points (21). His nine goals were good for fourth in the ECAC.
“I’m really excited, it’s been my dream to sign a contract ever since Boston traded for my rights with Minnesota my freshman year,” Fallstrom told BostonBruins.com. “I couldn’t be more excited to be apart of such a great organization.
“I would have preferred to end my college career on a more positive note, but playing professional hockey has been my dream ever since I was a little kid. I’m really happy to be where I’m at right now.”
The native of Gotenborg, Sweden says his goal is to one day play for Boston and he is on his way. Fallstrom is already wearing the Black & Gold in Providence, having made his way there after the Crimson’s season ended.
“It’s really great,” he said of the chance to one day play for the Bruins. “Right now, that’s my biggest goal. I think playing in Providence is a great opportunity to develop as a player. I’ve only been here for not even a week, but I’ve already been learning a lot, which is great.”
Fallstrom played his first game with Providence on Sunday, without having practiced with the team beforehand. But, the forward slid into the lineup perfectly, assisting on Max Sauve’s first period goal in Providence’s 3-1 win over Manchester.
“I just kind of had to jump right into it,” said Fallstrom. “I didn’t have a chance to skate with the team before, but it was a great game. I had a lot of fun. It was really great getting a W, too.
“For the rest of the year, I just want to learn as much as possible from the guys on the team and use that knowledge I gain going into next season.”
Participating in the Bruins’ development camps over the last few years has already given Fallstrom some insight into what it will take to play at the professional level. The forward said the camps were extremely helpful in his growth as a player.
“Those camps are awesome,” he said. “[They] really give you a chance to skate with top-class players. I think they’re great for my individual development, too, because all the coaches are there, they let you know what they think you should work on, so in that sense, it’s great.”
The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Fallstrom said the most important area that the Bruins have asked him to work on is getting stronger, both body-wise and on the puck.
“Over the years, the conversations I’ve had with them is to get bigger, get stronger, work hard in the weight room, gain some more muscle, weight,” he said. “Hockey-wise they told me I need to be a lot stronger on the puck, both in the defensive zone and offensive zone; I’ve tried to work a lot on that.
“Lately, the last half of the Harvard season, I played center instead of wing, and I played center my first game with Providence, so I need to work a lot on my faceoffs, as well.”
Despite still having to make those improvements and learn the game at a professional level, Fallstrom is on track for a successful future in the Bruins organization.