Whether it was lack of production or passing on several higher-rated prospects, Boston could have loaded up on picks during the past decade.
Here are the five worst selections Boston has made over the last ten drafts.
Alexander Khokhlachev – 2011 Round 2, Pick 40
This pick didn’t seem all that bad on the surface. A prolific scorer in the OHL, Khokhlachev matched that pace by his third season in Providence and ended up playing in nine NHL games for Boston.
He never scored a point in NHL play, and “Koko” grew annoyed by Boston’s unwillingness to give him a legitimate chance at the NHL level.
He left Boston after his entry level contract ran out and returned to Russia after the Bruins wouldn’t trade the once-valued prospect.
Linus Arnesson – 2013 Round 2, Pick 59
The Bruins traded its first round pick for the second time in three years and were forced to take its first player late in the second round.
Needing a defenseman in a draft where blue-liners weren’t highly sought-after, Arnesson was chosen as a stay-at-home defenseman with good discipline and dimensions for the NHL.
Injuries and poor performance saw Arnesson return to his native Sweden following the expiration of his rookie deal.
Malcolm Subban – 2012 Round 1, Pick 24
Boston was searching for a new goaltender and settled on selecting the younger brother of then nemesis P.K. Subban, Malcolm.
It was a questionable selection for the first round with some fairly strong goaltender products in the draft – Joonas Korpisalo, Frederik Andersen, and even local prospect Connor Hellebuyck.
Subban has hung around as a backup during his post-Boston career, but never performed up to expectation while in the Bruins organization.
Jared Knight – 2010 Round 2, Pick 32
The Bruins selected the center in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft with the 32nd overall pick.
Over his final three years playing for the OHL’s London Knights, Knight scored at over a point-per-game clip.
While the pick seemed smart at the time as a piece of the Phil Kessel trade, Knight never truly adjusted to the pace of play at the AHL level and was traded to Minnesota in 2015.
Zachary Senyshyn – 2015 Round 1, Pick 15
This one was a real head-scratcher. The 2015 first round was loaded with talent and the Bruins had three picks right in the middle.
Jake Debrusk was one, and Jakub Zboril (we’ll get to him later) was another. Both were picked in the general area of their pre-draft projections.
But Senyshyn was never thought of as a first-round talent. The Bruins passed on would-be stars like Mathew Barzal, Brock Boeser, and Travis Konecny who all went late in round one.
Senyshyn is still a bottom-six forward in the AHL without solid point production to warrant a call-up any time soon.
- Zane McIntyre – 2010 Round 6, Pick 165: McIntyre never panned out and Frederik Andersen ended up going 22 picks later to Carolina, the first of two times Boston passed on the Danish netminder.
- Jakub Zboril – 2015 Round 1, Pick 13: Though he hasn’t cracked the NHL roster yet, this pick isn’t quite as bad due to second-rounder Jeremy Lauzon surpassing Zboril in his progression and Zboril showing improvement in recent years.