Pre-draft assessment: Letdown much?
After selecting one of the top 10 overall picks in each of the previous two years, the Boston Bruins project to have one of their most uneventful NHL drafts in recent memory, if not franchise history.
Barring a trade for additional picks, which is all but impossible to envision, the Bruins’ allotment for new prospects in 2012 will consist of five selections. They will go in the first, third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds at 24th, 85th, 145th, 175th and 205th, respectively.
As it reads in the preliminary stages, the Bruins’ 2012 draft is quite similar to that of 2009, when they likewise had five selections, most of which fell almost in the same slots. Two of their choices from that year, Jordan Caron (25th overall) and Lane MacDermid (112th), both saw action in Boston this past season.
How this year compares and contrasts remains to be seen. But for the immediate future, general manager Peter Chiarelli should be using what he has to add a prospective piece on the blue line and in the blue paint to ensure a potential need in the relatively near future.
With the three later picks, the Bruins can seek some enticing maybes for their pool of skating prospects.
This slideshow will be amended over the coming weekend as the Boston front office declares its selections. For now, here is an assessment of what routes would make the most sense for the organization.
Postscript: Despite the low quantity of allotted picks to start the draft, the Bruins were hardly muted in the discussions around the Consol Energy Center. Chiarelli and his colleagues drew a blueprint for an intriguing future Bruins-Canadiens sidebar Friday night, then executed a beneficial deal prior to Saturday’s fourth round.
Those are the highlights of a draft weekend that saw a cumulative B-plus/A-minus performance on the part of the front office. Details on each move and each pick are as follows.