Peverley/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — He’s moved up the Bruins’ depth chart and now he’s obviously a big part of their future plans.

Forward Rich Peverley today signed a three-year contract extension with Boston that will last through the end of 2014-15 season.

Peverley, who mostly played on the third line after he was acquired from Atlanta last winter, has been skating well on the second line next to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand so far this season. In three games, Peverley has two goals and a plus-2 rating. He is also a key member of the Bruins’ penalty kill and power-play units.

To this point, Peverley’s greatest moments as a Bruin came in the first round last spring against Montreal and then in the Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver, when he filled in for an injured Nathan Horton and finshed that series with two goals, two assists and a plus-1 rating.

The Bruins will practice at 11 a.m. this morning. I’ll have more after that.