This week is “what if...?” week on SB Nation, and as part of that, the hockey side chose to do a re-do of the 2015 NHL Draft.
That draft, if you’re blissfully unaware, is a bit...controversial...around these parts.
In the actual draft, the Bruins wildly had three consecutive picks in the first round, and ended up choosing Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn.
The B’s passed on guys who have gone on to become great NHL players, including Mat Barzal and Kyle Connor, while DeBrusk is the only one of their picks to really pan out thus far.
The rumor at the time was that the Bruins were hoping to package those picks to move up and select Noah Hanifin, but that didn’t happen, so...here we are!
The way SB Nation did it is through Twitter polls, essentially having users vote on who each team should pick at their slot. The options for each team were basically the best 4 players available at that given slot, with the benefit of hindsight.
For example, in this re-draft, Barzal was voted to go 5th overall to Carolina.
When the Bruins’ picks rolled around yesterday, here’s how things went:
With the 12th overall pick in our redraft, the Dallas Stars (@DefendingBigD) selected Travis Konecny. The Boston Bruins (@cupofchowdah) are now on the clock with their first of three consecutive picks. Who should they take 13th overall?— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) May 12, 2020
With the 13th overall pick, the Boston Bruins (@cupofchowdah) selected Jake DeBrusk. The Bruins are still on the clock -- who will they take 14th overall?— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) May 12, 2020
With the 14th overall pick, the Boston Bruins (@cupofchowdah) selected Dylan Strome. Now on the clock for their third pick, let's find out who the Bruins take 15th overall.— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) May 12, 2020
So there you have it! From Zboril, DeBrusk, Senyshyn to DeBrusk, Strome, Samsonov.
We all know what we have in DeBrusk, but the other two are intersting.
Strome was originally picked third overall in the real draft, but didn’t really pan out in Arizona. He had a good year last year in Chicago (51 points in 58 games), but wasn’t quite on the same pace this year.
Samsonov would likely have been deemed Tuukka Rask’s successor. The Russian made the jump to the NHL this past season, appearing in 26 games for Washington. He did well too, putting up a 16-6-2 record with a .913 save percentage and a GAA of 2.72.
So...have your say! Which is better?
Real draft or re-draft?
This poll is closed
Real: Zboril, DeBrusk, Senyshyn
Re-do: DeBrusk, Strome, Samsonov
Push. No real difference between the two.