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Boston Bruins Draft Day 2 Recap, Balanced Day For Sweeney

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Boston Bruins Draft Day 2 Recap, Balanced Day For Don Sweeney And Company

The Boston Bruins had six picks from the 2017 NHL draft. In the first round they had the No.18 pick.

With that pick they took left-shot defensemen Urho Vakkanainen.

But the purpose of this post is to recap the second day of the NHL entry draft.

On the second day the Boston Bruins had five picks.

Round 2, No. 53: Jack Studnicka, C, Oshawa (OHL)

Round 4, No. 111: Jeremy Swayman, G, Sioux Falls (USHL)

Round 6, No. 173: Cedric Pare, C, Saint John (QMJHL)

Round 7, No. 195: Victor Berglund, D, Modo Jr. (Sweden)

Round 7, No. 204: Daniel Bukac, D, Brandon (WHL)

Might have landed a stud in the second

Studnicka is a 6-foot, 171-pound right-shot forward. The 18-year-old scored 18 goals and 34 assists in 64 games for Oshawa of the OHL.

Studnicka played for Team Canada in the 2017 Under-18 World Championship, where he scored three goals in three games.

Ranked #73 by Hockeyprospect.com

Ranked #43 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #65 by Future Considerations
Ranked #67 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #120 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #89 by TSN/McKenzie

The pick of Studnicka at No.53 looks like a reach based on various rankings. But with the Bruins next pick not until No. 111, there was a good chance they would miss out on him.

Boston overreached in the first round as well, it is interesting to see Don Sweeney‘s lack of trading ability to move down in drafts.

A Goalie Picked In Round 4 Heading To University Of Maine

A 6-2, 183-pound goalie, Swayman is from Anchorage, Alaska. Last season he had 2.90 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. He was 7-18-3.

The 18-year-old Swayman is heading to the University of Maine this fall.

Swayman ranked #12 by NHL Central Scouting.

“Absolutely surreal,” Swayman said from his native Alaska, where he watching the earl-morning coverage of his selection with his family. “I’ve been working my whole life for this and just to kind of have the notion of, your work has paid off in a small area of time or a small trinket, it’s very worth all of the hard times and tough times and kind of working everything for it. It’s kind of a token back and just an incredible opportunity for sure.”

A Forward From Patrice Bergeron‘s Neck Of The Woods

Cedric Pare is an 18-year-old forward from Levis Quebec which is right near Patrice Bergeron’s hometown of Quebec City.

“I don’t know that much about the Bruins, but I know it’s a good organization and I’m very proud,” he said. “I went to Boston when I was younger and I really liked the city.”

Ranked #202 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #176 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #146 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Pare played for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL last season and in 64 games he tallied five foals and 11 assists along with 26 penalty minutes.

Two Picks In The Seventh Round

With pick No. 195, the Bruins added another defenseman, this time it was 17-year-old Victor Berglund.

He played briefly last season with MODO of the Allsvenskan league(Sweden). In 12 games, Berglund picked up one assist.

Ranked #109 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)

Bukac played 72 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League during the 2016-17 season, collecting two goals, 15 assists and 38 penalty minutes.

The Bruins used their final pick, No. 204, to select a  defenseman, Daniel Bukac.He spent the majority of his season with Modo’s U-20 team, skating in 37 games and registering five goals, 10 assists, 16 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-14.

Ranked #156 by Hockeyprospect.com

Ranked #173 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Bukac is Most, Czech Republic native.

To summarize, the Boston Bruins have drafted 3 defensemen, 2 forwards, and one goaltender with their 6 picks in this years NHL Entry draft. The franchise made no trades despite being connected to several left-shot NHL defensemen.

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Boston Bruins Rookie Anders Bjork Out Six Months

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The Boston Bruins and Team Physician Dr. Peter announced on Thursday that Anders Bjork will be out for the rest of the season.

Bjork underwent a successful left should arthroscopy and labral repair on February 20, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Peter Asnsi at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Peter states that the expected recovery time is approximately six months.

The 21-year-old left winger has appeared in 30 games this season for Boston and recorded 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points with 6 penalty minutes with a plus-2 rating.

The injury and the timeline mean that Bjork’s season is over.

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Boston Bruins Trade Forward Frank Vatrano

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The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday that General Manager Don Sweeney had traded forward Frank Vatrano to the Flordia Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick.

Vatrano who is now 23-years-old played in 25 games this season for Boston racking up just two goals and 22 penalty minutes. Vatrano did show promise last year with a career-high 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points with 14 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Vatrano has played in parts of three seasons for Boston with his debut season taking place in 2015-16 with the forward playing in 39 games with eight goals and three assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes.

He was a hot prospect for Boston and even led the American Hockey League in goals back in 2015-16 by averaging one goal per contest with 36 goals in 36 games. That season he also had three hat tricks and an outstanding 6 multi-goal games at the AHL Level. That year he earned First-Team All-Star honors for Providence.

Vatrano who is a Massachusetts native was originally signed as a free agent by Boston out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 13, 2015.

Vatrano was not seeing a whole lot of success for Boston this season and was clearly expendable as showcased in this trade.

At this time it is unclear what the logic was behind the move but we should find out more with Sweeney hosting a media availability on Saturday at the Air Canda Centre in Toronto, ON.

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Boston Bruins Make Championship Caliber Type Of Move

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Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Tuesday that the team had acquired defensemen Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Now I know what many of you are likely thinking. Nick who? Where is the big move? But pace yourself Bruins fans, this is the type of depth acquiring move that many Stanley Cup contenders do in order to bolster their squad.

Holden is a 30-year-old d-man who has played in 55 games for the Rangers in 2018-18 with three goals, nine assists, for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. Holden had a career year last season playing in 80 games with career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals, 23 assists, for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. In addition to having a stand out 16-17 regular season Holden added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games for New York.

Holden played his first three professional seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Rangers on June 26, 2014, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

O’Gara who the Bruins traded away is 24-years-old and has played in 11 NHL games with Boston over the course of the last 2 seasons. O’Gara played in 43 games with the Providence Bruins in 2017-18 with two goals and six assists with a plus-five rating. He was Boston’s 151st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The move straight up for Holden is a solid one for Sweeney. It provides the Bruins with the defensive depth they need while keeping them flexible moving forward with Holden playing on an expiring contract.

It sures up their left side defensemen depth with a player that can play the penalty kill to reduce some of the high minutes that Zdeno Chara is racking up. This deal seems to take Boston out of the running for landing Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh or any other type of blockbuster trade for a d-man

Holden, a left-shot, has the ability to play either the left or right side adding some flexibility to the roster for Head Coach Bruce Cassidy when making the lineups or even Sweeney if he wanted to move a defensive piece out. Acquiring Holden fixes the depth issue Boston had without giving up anything off of their NHL roster, an impressive feat for Sweeney who opted to make an early trade to avoid paying the NHL trade deadline price.

In theory, Holden will likely pair up with Charlie McAvoy with the potential reunion of Chara and Brandon Carlo possible. But the good thing about Holden is the flexibility, so in theory, Cassidy will have plenty of options to fool around with to find what works and doesn’t work.

This certainly wasn’t the flashy move many were calling for, but it was the smart one. Credit to Don Sweeney.

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