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Boston Bruins Draft Defenseman Urho Vaakanainen With No.18

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

Boston Bruins Draft Defenseman Urho Vaakanainen With No.18
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