The Bruins missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
This means we were entered into the NHL Draft Lottery, and like last time, we got chosen to pick 14th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
Being 14th overall doesn’t sound very interesting, especially when the most talked about prospects in the draft include the likes of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, etc. Trust me, I was one of the many who believed in our 1.0% chance of getting the first overall pick, and bringing Auston to Boston.
The fourteenth overall pick doesn’t mean they won’t make a difference in the NHL the following season, either. The Pittsburgh Penguins had their second round pick in 2015, Daniel Sprong, play a decent amount of time in the NHL this season, scoring his first NHL goal. David Pastrnak was chosen 25th overall in his draft year, and proceeded to score 10 goals and 17 assists in the following season.
This pick could make a difference for the Boston Bruins in the coming season.
Today, Bruins at the Gahden wants to share their picks for which players the Bruins should pick at 14th overall.
The Bruins desperately need youth on the blue line, and strength at left wing. Bergeron, Krejci, Spooner, and Khoklachev (if he doesn’t go to the KHL) make the Bruins strong at center, and the right wing position is also pretty strong.
- Max Jones (London Knights-OHL, LW): In my opinion, Max Jones is very similar to the play of Milan Lucic, but faster. Jones is a physical, yet skillful, power forward who puts a great amount of pressure on his opponents by creating a great deal of impact with every shift. This kid screams “Bruins”, as he has the physical and creative style of play that Don Sweeney loves having. In 60 OHL games played, Jones had 25 goals and 24 assists, while totaling 104 penalty minutes on the season. Jones is ranked 14th among all North American Skaters in the 2016 NHL Central Scouting Rankings.
- Olli Juolevi (London Knights-OHL, Defense): The main (and only) problem with Olli Juolevi is whether or not he will be available at #14, as he is ranked at #5 among North American skaters in the draft. He is a complete all-around defenseman, with great hockey sense and defensive capability. In his first season of OHL play, he had 7 goals and 27 assists in 48 games played. His offense stats don’t sound stellar, but he stands out on the defense side. The Bruins need a player like him. But, to be realistic here, he probably won’t be on the board by the time the Bruins pick, as he is currently in top 10, maybe even top 5 conversation. It is good to dream.
- Kieffer Bellows (USNDP-USHL, LW): Look, I love me my power forwards, and I know Don Sweeney does too. Bellows is a power forward who can dominate both his opponents and the net. He’s great at forechecking, working along the boards, and great offensively. Big body who can also play on the center if needed, which can be really helpful for the Bruins in the long run. In 23 USHL games with the USNDP, Bellows recorded 16 goals and 16 assists, with a +17 average.
- Dante Fabbro (Penticton Vees-BCHL, Defense): Here is a defenseman with offensive capability. At the beginning of the season, Fabbro was expected to be a late first round draft pick, but has since moved his way up to #18 among all North American skaters in the draft. Fabbro is a mobile and refined player who has been developing into a great two way defender. Fabbro reminds me a little bit of Torey Krug or Tyson Barrie. Even though he has been playing in the BCHL, he scored 67 points in 45 games played. He is ranked #2 against all skaters eligible for the draft from the BCHL, behind Tyson Jost.
Those are my four picks, what are yours? Let me know down in the comments below, or on twitter! (@bruinsatgahden)
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is held in Buffalo, New York, June 24th and 25th.
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