The Bruins hold two picks in this years 2016 NHL Draft, the 14th and 29th overall selections, and will be looking to add premier talent to a squad that doesn’t have much to brag about as of late. Much like last years draft, this class of eligible players is highlighted by multiple elite names at the top, including presumptive number one selection Auston Matthews, as well as forwards Patrick Laine, and Jesse Puljujarvi. By the time the B’s select at 14, there won’t be a franchise player like Matthews available, however there will be numerous players that could prove to be valuable assets in the near-future. Here are seven skaters that could end up donning the spoked-B Friday evening.
- Jake Bean (Defenseman): Arguably the most offensively gifted defenseman in the entire draft, Bean left nobody questioning his talent level after he recorded the most goals for a defenseman in the Western Hockey League this past season with 24. Bean’s smooth skating ability and wicked wrist-shot are his best attributes and is regarded as a pure offensive D-man, but his defensive ability is suspect. This has me wondering if he is the best option for the Bruins as they need a defenseman who can actually play defense, and not another Torey Krug-esque player on the back-end.
- Clayton Keller (Center): Keller, the Swansea, ILL native and former U.S National Team Development Program standout is one of a few forwards on the smaller side in this draft. At 5’10”, Keller does everything you want as a center but teams are concerned his small stature will hinder his NHL play. He had a tremendous season earning 107 overall points and is committed to Boston University next fall. While I would approve of this pick, the Bruins are stockpiled with centers, therefore he simply might not have a spot on the club.
- Dante Fabbro (Defenseman): Regarded as a natural leader and shutdown defender, Fabbro may be the safest pick available for the B’s. His keen offensive instincts combined with his impressive D-zone coverage skills make him a perfect target for the Bruins desperate for solid two-way defenseman. My only knock towards Fabbro is that the competition he faced these past couple years has been sub-par. Instead of playing major junior hockey he played a tier below in Jr. A. This might end up being a non-factor but it I wouldn’t overlook it too much.
- Logan Brown (Forward): Brown isn’t a popular name popping up regarding this pick, however I have a feeling the obsession with big, intimidating players B’s management has may make him an option here. Brown is a 6’6″ center who plays a heavy game and has great vision. He posted respectable numbers in the Ontario Hockey League netting 74 total points and projects to be an all-around center in the NHL. I would keep an eye-out on this guy being an out-of-the-box selection for the Bruins.
- Charlie McAvoy (Defenseman): Another rearguard with high offensive capabilities, McAvoy completed his freshman season playing for the Terriers of B.U. and the 18 year old may not have to travel far after his college days are over. He didn’t have the eye-popping numbers like Bean did but he isn’t that far below Bean’s overall game either. Obviously, McAvoy’s local roots make him an automatic favorite as the B’s love drafting close to home, yet I’m not certain McAvoy has enough defensive responsibility in his game to make this a home-run selection.
- Kieffer Bellows (Forward): Keller’s teammate on the U.S Under-18 team, Bellows didn’t accumulate as many points as Keller, but he did rack up 50 goals and was a constant scoring threat for the American squad. Bellows has a bit more size at 6’1″ however he doesn’t have as complete of a game as Keller. Also committed to B.U, Bellows could be the best available player for the Bruins at 14 and I’d have a hard time passing on a 50 goal man in the middle of the first round, especially since the B’s are starved for goal scoring forwards.
Player to Watch = Alex DeBrincat (Forward): The small, speedy winger was at the top of draft boards last year but injuries and worries about his 5’7″ frame pushed his stock to the end of the first round. If the B’s keep their 29th pick and nobody takes the undersized scorer, the Bruins should jump all over this guy.
The draft begins Friday night at 7pm at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.
Tags: 2016 NHL Draft, Auston Matthews, Boston Bruins, Torey Krug
The Boston Bruins fell short of expectations when they failed to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for a second straight year. Although many recognize the B’s need a shakeup on defense, one superstar has been connected as a possible offseason signing for the Bruins and his name is Steven Stamkos.
It’s been widely speculated for much of the season that Stamkos will leave Tampa Bay, the team that drafted him first overall in 2008, and pursue work in another, more passionate hockey city. Rumors have linked the Bruins as a potential destination for Stamkos, particularly because of his relationship with head coach Claude Julien when they represented Team Canada in previous Olympic Games. However, the likelihood of this happening is slim-to-none. Continue reading Don’t Count On Stamkos Signing In Boston »
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The Boston Bruins have extended Defenseman, Kevan Millar, to a 4 year extension worth 10 million dollars. This contract extension really doesn’t make any sense to me. This guy is a player that they could of easily let go and saved the money for more of an impact player. I think 4 years, 10 millions for Miller is a high over payment. This past year was probably Miller’s worst year as a Bruin and he was also injured for 11 games. He scored 5 goals, which isn’t bad for a player like him, but in his career he’s only scored 8 total goals. 2.5 million a year for him is too much money for a player that scores as little as that.
Another reason this signing bugs me is that they already have a very similar player in Adam Mcquaid. They are both your typical defensive defenseman that are third pairing and you really need only one of those on your team. The Bruins should be worrying about who they are going to pair for the first paring defenseman. Chara and Seidenberg are getting older and aren’t the same players they used to be. The Bruins are in need of some young new Defenseman and they aren’t going to be able to get them if they keep on paying players like Kevan Miller. It’s still early in the off season but if they don’t add some new players it could be another long and frustrating year for this team.
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In Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars, Chris Kelly went down and suffered a freak injury that turned out to be a broken leg that will put Kelly out of game action for 6-8 months.
Before his fall, Dallas Star Colton Sceviour made light contact with his stick to Kelly’s hip region, which was initially thought to be the reason for Kelly’s fall and injury but with a quick second look at the play it is clear that the contact had nothing to do with the fall. Most likely Kelly’s knee/leg gave out or he hit a snag in the ice. Either way he will be out for a very long time. Continue reading Chris Kelly injured, out 6-8 months »
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These first 3 games of the NHL season have been a disaster for the Boston Bruins, letting up 16 goals in 3 games and just overall playing lazy and uninterested. It is real easy to blame all the bad play on the defensive end, but they are not the only reason.
Offseason pickups Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes are both a -5 throughout the first 3 games, as is Brett Connolly. Hayes had been advertised as a big-bodied presence over the summer, but so far has been invisible, as he has not produced any points and is obviously inept in his own end. Beleskey has a goal and an assist and is probably just adapting to his new team. I would not be too worried about him yet. Continue reading Bruins Continue Slump, Lose 3rd Straight to Start 2015-2016 »
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The Bruins lost their 1st game of the season Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets 6-2.
The B’s came out of the gate at the beginning of the game with so much energy and power, the same energy and power that they have to harness for the full 60 minutes.
They only harnessed it for the first period, though. After the first period it was a disaster. Continue reading Bruins Messy in Season Opener Against Jets »
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Here is part 2 of the 2 part 2015-2016 Atlantic Division preview. To read part 1, click here.
In this part I will be reviewing and previewing the 4 teams that finished ahead of the Bruins in the division standings last season. All 4 teams made it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
4th Place: Ottawa Senators (99 points)
Ottawa’s ’14-’15 season was defined by their 2nd half surge when Andrew Hammond, the Hamburglar, took the starting goaltender spot from Craig Anderson and absolutely took the league by storm. In the 24 games he played in he went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals against average. It was unfathomable. The rookie put on a superhuman performance while he was in net and the Sens fans ate it up. They started selling McDonalds Hamburglar masks at games and Hammond even got recognized by the fast food chain and now gets free McDonalds for life. Pretty cool, huh? Continue reading 2015-2016 Atlantic Division Preview for Bruins Fans, Part 2 »
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