Now that we have our draftees, we should do what all great organizations should do...
That’s right, mercilessly overthink teenagers who will take two years at the very least to make it to North America! A proud sporting tradition!
But for real, there are, with every draft class, common threads and qualities that teams tend to go for when drafting, and the Boston Bruins are no different. Sometimes it’s two-way play, sometimes it’s all one position, other times it’s passing skill, shooting skill, and sometimes you just go with the best guy available.
So let’s look through the profiles (be they sentences or full on profiles) and see if these players have major threads in common!
It’s probably the most common thread among all skaters selected by the Bruins; every single one of these guys can skate, and skate well.
Nearly every player they picked has been described as good skaters by draft analysts and prospect scouting reports, and from initial highlights it seems like everyone does have the goods when it comes to moving around on the ice!
In a faster, more-skilled NHL, the need to address how fast you are and how fast your pipeline can get on skates is always a plus.
The idea that even one of these guys turning out to be an NHL-level two-way monster should be something fans should be excited about, even if they won’t be NHLers in the near future.
Andersson, Lauko, and Hall have been brought up as players who can play all three zones well and can control both defense and offense with strong work ethic along the boards and creating opportunities from both their own end and by creating space in the opponent’s end.
Seems like having one specific two-way player being praised up and down for being one of the best in the world has the Bruins brass thinking they wanna have more of that, which I’m all for. If these guys can solidify their games in the early 2020s, there could be some strong talent coming to the Bruins in the not-too-distant future.
Addressed a Need:
Well, most of them, anyway.
Center has always been a bit of a logjam for Boston so that’s not going to be much of an issue, since you can never truly have too many, and eventually the pipeline is going to involve players testing the free agent market. With how big some of these guys are and with how much “work ethic” is brought up around them? The ol’ tradition of turning a center into a winger is very much in play for some of these guys.
Where Boston did need help and immediately was at Right-Hand D, where they will likely make a lot of depth/AHL signings to make up for the bare-looking cupboard they still have, and players like Andersson and McFaul could be great additions going into the near and somewhat-distant future.
When you’re a team who didn’t have a first rounder, if you have to pick and choose your prospects a little more carefully than you might previously. Furthermore, you have to continuously adapt to the way the game is going and make sure you’re on the cutting edge. Boston seems to be okay with who’ve they’ve got so far in certain positions (LHD, Left Wing, and Center seem to be pretty locked, for example), and while i’d have personally liked certain positions at least addressed (like goaltender), I think the Bruins did a pretty good job looking for players they can mold into model Bruins with careful coaching and time.
Of course, we do have to afford them that time. A lot of these guys will need it before they ever lace up skates for the Bruins. Which is fine.
They’re prospects, after all.