One can’t help but adore the beaming faces of our newest draft picks as they pull the Spoked B over their head; Roaring and ready to throw on a pair of skates and knock some pucks around with the big boys.
The 2014 NHL Draft didn’t disappoint the Bruins this year, nor has it in the past with Dougie Hamilton drafted in 2011 and already taking on some of the toughest in the league with his second year in the NHL already over.
David Pastrnak, our Round 1 pick being 25th overall, has already shown the Bruins exactly what he’s capable of in the first few days of being on the ice at Development Camp. This right-wing from the Czech Republic has been getting nothing but praise from Assistant General Manager, Don Sweeney, who has been quoted saying our young prospect is, “Smiling all the time,” and “loves to play hockey”. His excitement is simply infections as he teases goaltender Malcom Subban continuously from getting pucks in the net to squirting him with water bottle after water bottle just to get his attention.
Providence Bruins coach, Bruce Cassidy has been comparing Pastrnak’s skill level to that of Tyler Seguin after he was drafted in 2010 (which is saying quite a bit, if you ask me). Seems like our latest and greatest additions to the Bruin’s family will do nothing but strengthen us as they continue to grow as players and members of our great team.
Joining Pastrnak on the draft list:
Round 2 Pick, 56th overall Ryan Donato, Center, USA
Round 4 Pick, 116th overall Danton Heinen, Center/Left-Wing, Canada
Round 5 Pick, 146th overall Anders Bjork, Left-Wing, USA
Round 7 Pick, 206th overall Emil Johnsson, Defensemen, Sweden
Adding to the already fabulous list of Bruins prospects, we see some very familiar names on the Development Camp roster including:
The level of skill and passion skating across the ice in Wilmington, MA is absolutely breathtaking.
With that being said, the Bruins should be looking into their own storages to replace winger positions for the upcoming 2014-2015 regular season.
Matt Fraser has already landed himself a spot on the Bruins official roster, but that’s not all (and don’t forget ladies, he’s a total babe). During the regular season for the Providence Bruins, Fraser played a total of 44 games and scored 20 goals with 10 assists, being one of the top goal scorers on the team with 30 points notched under his pads for good measure. During the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs, Fraser didn’t disappoint. He played 5 games with 3 goals, 2 assists, and 5 points with a +2 (hard to play in the AHL when you’re too busy going for Lord Stanley’s Cup, don’t you think?)
The biggest contender following close behind is that of Ryan Spooner, who played 23 games this past regular season with the Bruin’s (including Boston’s first return to Vancouver since 2011). Let’s just put aside the fact he loves the attention Boston girls have been giving him (let’s not have another re-do of T-Segs, ‘kay Spoons?) and talk about his pretty impressive stats. Spooner didn’t score himself any goals playing in the big leagues, but he did hitch a ride on 11 assists and landed himself 11 points by the time he went back down to Providence. Back in the AHL, he played 49 games, scored 11 goals, gave his teammates a hand on 34 assists, and finished off with a whopping 46 points and a +13.
Seems to me like the Bruins have themselves some pretty talented forwards already.
Between the newest draft picks and some seriously talented boys down in Providence, the Bruins have themselves some potential forwards for the up-coming 2014-2015 season with Lord Stanley’s Cup very clear in the chaos the playoffs are sure to bring next April.
Us fans just have to keep an eye out for how well our boys are looking and what we should be expecting from the team come October – are they bound to start off strong or flail as they try to get their skates back on The Gahden ice? Time will only tell.