Sami Niku saw no path for him with the Winnipeg Jets, and now he’s a free agent.

The 24-year-old defenseman cleared unconditional waivers Tuesday, so he’s now a free agent. According to SportsNet’s Chris Johnston, Niku intends to continue playing in North America.

He represents a compelling option for the Boston Bruins, even if it requires a bit of squinting.

Niku, a 2015 seventh-round pick, stunned many when he carved up the AHL with the Manitoba Moose in 2017-18, in turn getting named the league’s top defenseman while getting selected to the first All-Star and All-Rookie teams.