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Boston Bruins Draft Defenseman Urho Vaakanainen With No.18

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Boston Bruins Draft Defenseman Urho Vaakanainen With No.18

A day after the NBA draft, the NHL holds one of their own.

The Boston Bruins have the 18th overall pick in the draft and this blog will be updated as the Boston Bruins make their picks. For now please enjoy the yearly rendition of fans ruthlessly booing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Views from the Bruins table.

#NHLBruins draft table ready for Round 1.

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Their has been talks earlier in the day where the B’s were talking to the Minnesota Wild about left-shot defenseman Marco Scandella. Will be interesting to see if a move happens.

Top 5 Picks:

NJ: Nico Hischier

Philadelphia: Nolan Patrick

Dallas: Miro Heiskanen

Colorado: Cale Makar

Vancouver: Elias Pettersson

Back in Boston the boys from Boston University are awaiting the Bruins pick.

The first Vegas Golden Knight pick ever is Cody Glass, a Center.

No movement on the Boston Bruins front right now. But there is this little nugget on who JFK and McAvoy would like at No.18.

Bruins are on the clock.

With the No.18 pick the NHL Entry Draft the Boston Bruins select defenseman Urho Vaakanainen.

Vaakanainen is a left-shot defenseman from Finland. He wasn’t a guaranteed first round draft pick, but this pick isn’t necessarily considered a crazy reach for Boston.

He is 18-years-old, and joins the following as young Boston Bruins defenseman in the organization.

Charlie McAvoy

Jakob Zboril

Brandon Carlo

Ryan Lindgren

Jeremy Lauzon

Vaakanainen is considered a solid skater, but lacks solid puck carrying skills according to scouts.

Here is where he fell on various rankings:

Ranked #11 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #37 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #30 by Future Considerations
Ranked #13 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #8 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
Ranked #22 by TSN/McKenzie

Jeff Marek of Sportsnet’s thought’s“Shines on the defensive side of the puck at even strength and PK. Has an uncanny ability to get his stick in shooting and passing lanes. Just don’t expect offence. He won’t be out there late in a game to tie it up, but you’ll love him out there protecting a lead.”

Vaakanainen spent his 2016-17 season with JYP of SM-Liiga where he appeared in 41 games, tallying two goals and four assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-five. He spent the 2015-16 season with Blues of SM-Liiga, scoring a goal and five assists in 25 games.

He also represented Finland during the 2017 World Junior Championship, scoring a goal in six games.

In theory,  the Bruins should have attempted to trade down as he would have likely been available to them farther down in the draft. But that is easy to say in retrospect, it was believed that some teams valued Vaakanainen higher than others. So based on that, it was possible he would be gone if they traded down.

“Been exploring moving this pick, we offered this pick to some teams targeting a specific player, but we weren’t able to do it.”- Don Sweeney

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 Already Having Injury Problem

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Bruins Injury Updates Have Begun

Today GM Don Sweeney has given an update on a few injured players.

Matt Beleskey who which is not a big deal since he might not even make the team is day-to-day with a foot contusion. This happened is the B’s last preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens

Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson is day-to-day as well with an upper-body injury that he received in the game against Detroit on September 19th. Hopefully, this is nothing because he was a kid that was slotted to make a roster spot.

Last is Torrey Krug who will be out for at least three weeks pending a re-evaluation at that time. He was hit in the jaw with the puck and suffered a non-displaced fracture. It occurred in the game against Detroit.

Also on another note, the team has sent Jack Studnicka and Kyle Keyser back to the OHL.

The biggest injury is with JFK, now some may say Krug but I think the B’s can find a replacement for him. McAvoy will most likely take over on the power play and maybe this opens the door for a guy like Rob O’Gara or Matt Grzelcyk. Other than these few hiccups Boston should be a fun team to watch this season. Especially if they stay as young as they have in camp and the preseason games.

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Boston Bruins Take Down Montreal In Preseason Game 1

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Bruins Grab First Win Of The Preseason

Boston took on the Canadiens last night in Quebec City and came out with a victory. Last nights team was all about the kids. Unfortnitally the game was not aired on TV in Boston. the Bruins defeated Montreal 3-2.

From what I have read from people that saw the game is that the kids were very impressive. Tim Schaller, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle were the goal scorers. As the whole, the team seems like they are in a good spot to be competitive this season. Especially with all of the prospects on the roster that are eyeing a spot in the big club.

The most impressive was last years NCAA Hobey Baker Finalist Anders Bjork. Bjork scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform last night. Also, the word on the street is that his chemistry with the team is growing. Look for him to grab a top-six spot on the roster heading into the season.

Here is Anders Bjork on his first goal in. A very hockey guy answer:

 

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