Mocking The Draft: Can The Bruins Do Nothing And Still Make An Impact?

Ryan Murphy. Nathan Beaulieu. Sven Baertschi. Jamie (or, if you're NHL.com, Jamieson) Oleksiak.

By now, the names are familiar. And only one of them is ever spelled correctly. 

The Bruins don't need to do much in this draft to remain competitive. not immediately, anyway. But the question on this morning of the eve of the NHL draft is less "who" than it is "what"; not who do the Bruins want? but rather what do the Bruins need?

They have depth out the ears at forward. Jamie Arniel and Jordan Caron both spent time with the parent team this year. Ryan Spooner, Jared Knight, Max Sauve, Lane MacDermid and Carter Camper are all close. 

The defense isn't far behind. Everybody knows Steven Kampfer, but look also at Matt Bartkowski, Yury Alexandrov, David Warsofsky and Colby Cohen, any of whom could play a part next year. 

Goaltending depth behind Tuukka Rask was in question (Nolan Schaefer, really?), but trading Jeff Penner - who would've made the defense list right behind Bartkowski - to get Anton Khudobin fixed that. The Bruins are pretty set in net until Zane Gothberg decides to quit tooling around at NoDak and get to the East Coast. 

So what do the Bruins need? They don't need a draft anyone who'll be expected to make a difference immediately, or even necessarily in the next couple of seasons. They want a power play quarterback, but neither Marc Savard nor his on-ice clone is walking through that door anytime soon. It's why Murphy would be a great addition. 

Beaulieu is no Murphy, but he's a talented skater with a strong shot who could learn a lot from Zdeno Chara and Tomas Kaberle (if he's still around). Drafting Baertschi would be a red flag for Max Sauve, the French speedster with a wicked wrister that can't stay healthy on North American Ice. 

Oleksiak could also learn a lot from Chara. Or he could stay in school and improve his offensive skills. Or he could head back north of the border to Sarnia and make a little bit of money while playing arguable more competitive hockey for a couple of years. 

They're the names we'll hear a lot about the next 36 hours. They're definitely names that won't be around after the Bruins make their second pick, at number 40. 

But there may well be other names, or other needs. The question lingers. 

What do the Bruins need? And which player(s) in this draft can give it to them?

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