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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.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin

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Dobby may have stolen the Starting Gig From Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins have been under a ton of scrutiny since the beginning of the season. One of the issues was, are the kids going to be any good, the other is what is the goaltending situation going to look like. That question has become easier in the past couple of games.

This season we have seen Tuukka Rask Struggle. Many are now questioning if he is an elite goalie still. The only problem with that is that he was never an elite goalie. During his time of success here he had a phenomenal defense in front of him. Now not so much except it seems that backup Anton Khudobin has not had a problem with the defense. Khudobin not only has the wins to deserve the starting role, he has the numbers as well.

In the month of November Tuukka Rask has played in 6 games. In those six games, his save percentage is a .898 and a save percentage of a 2.86.  On the season he has a 2.89 total save percentage in 12 games. The league leader among starters is Sergei Bobrovsky with a 2.02. Then we look at Dobby’s past 3 games in November where he has posted a .949 save percentage and 1.66 GAA.

Dobby has shown that he is still a viable back-up and right now he may even be the starter. Las game against the sharks he only allowed one goal and after being bombarded by 18 shots. In three of his last five games, Khudobin has allowed one goal.

Bostons next game on Wednesday against the red-hot Devils who currently sit in the first place if the Metropolitan division. Bruce Cassidy mat indeed elects Khudobin to be the starter but he as eluded that Tukkaa Rask will get the start. This would be a bad play. The starter should always go to the guy ho is hot not the guy that is supposed to be a top 10 goaltender.

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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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