Boston defenceman Adam McQuaid was a big success in his first full NHL season. ((Harry How/Getty Images))

The Boston Bruins rewarded defenceman Adam McQuaid after his impressive rookie season in 2010-11, giving him a three-year contract extension.

McQuaid is in the midst of a deal that will pay him $525,000 US next season. Financial details weren't immediately available for the extension, which will keep the Charlottetown native under contract until the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

McQuaid led all rookie players with a plus-30 rating, which was good for fifth overall in the NHL. He scored three goals and added 12 assists in 67 games, with 96 penalty minutes. It was his first full season, after seeing duty in 19 games for Boston in 2009-10.

The six-foot-five blue-liner then showed poise in pressure situations as the Bruins went on their Stanley Cup run in the spring, with four assists and a plus-8 rating in 23 playoff games.

He missed just two games in the post-season despite suffering a sprained neck in the second round against Philadelphia from a hit into the boards.

McQuaid was drafted by Columbus while playing for the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League, but the Blue Jackets traded him to the Bruins in 2007 for a fifth-round pick.

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli still has to work out a deal with Nova Scotian Brad Marchand, a restricted free agent.