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.
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
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.”
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.