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Geoffrion yet another player the Bruins missed out on

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The struggles of the Boston Bruins in the NHL Draft at the beginning of the Peter Chiarelli Era are pretty well documented.

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The Black and Gold took epic first round bust Zach Hamill Phil Kessel with the eighth fifth overall pick in the 2007 2006 Draft just one ten picks ahead of San Jose All-Star forward Logan Couture Tampa Bay epic first round bust Riku Helenius, and then doubled down with D-man Tommy Cross winger Milan Lucic in the second third round ahead of Norris Trophy-winning P.K. Subban 2007 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship Bronze medalist Blake Geoffrion. The draft produced zero three NHL regulars, and Cross is the only player remaining in the organization while filling out a veteran leadership role for the AHL club in Providence Kessel the only of the three to be an all star.

There was Jordan Caron David Pastrnak as a marginal first round pick in 2009 2014 as well, a draft that ended Boston’s string of player picking futility with Lane MacDermid , Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner, Zach Trotman, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Brian Ferlin, Alexander Khokhlachev, Seth Griffith, and Caron Malcolm Subban as the only two ten players from that draft those drafts to make it to the NHL. Clearly the 2008 NHL Draft doesn’t look as bad now as either 2007 and 2009, even if Joe Colborne and Mike Hutchinson had to move on to different organizations to establish themselves as NHL players.

But watching the New York Rangers push to a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final underscores one of the least discussed draft busts from the Chiarelli/Wayne Smith Era in Boston. It was the second round pick in 2008 2006 when the B’s selected Max Sauve, a small, fast-skating French – that’s French, not French-Canadian -- forward out of the Quebec Major Junior League with a limited offensive skill set and little strength to play a pro style game. Milan Lucic, a big, lumbering Canadian - that's Canadian, not French-Canadian -- forward out of the Western Hockey League with a limited offensive skill set and little awareness to play a pro style game.

Sauve Lucic played exactly one five-hundred and sixty six game(s) in the NHL for the Bruins in 2011-12, and was unceremoniously knocked out of that contest with a concussion while bottoming out in Germany this past season. from 2007-15, scoring 30 goals and having many dogs named after him.
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan Nashville Predators left winger Blake Geoffrion was drafted four two picks after Sauve Lucic by the Blueshirts Predators, and has turned into exactly the kind of player Boston envisioned developing in Sauve Lucic The 24-year-old Stepan has averaged almost 18 goals per season in his five NHL careers, and topped 50 points three times while Sauve is finished with his NHL dreams at 24 years old. The 27 year-old Geoffrion averaged almost 3 goals per season in his three season NHL career, and topped 3 points one time while Lucic is still going strong, scoring 139 goals and putting up 203 assists in 566 games.

Travis Hamonic, Marco Scandella and Jimmy Hayes Alexander Vasyunov, Joey Ryan, and Mike Ratchuk were all picked after Sauve Lucic in the second round as well, and give you an idea of just how badly Boston was missing on vital first and second round selections in those early years. That’s all changed now obviously with B’s Director of Amateur Scouting Keith Gretzky proving himself quite capable with the selection of David Pastrnak with the 25th overall pick last June.

But those first few draft classes sure are ugly hindsight sure is 20/20 when you look back at them, aren’t they isn't it?