Although the history of the 24th overall pick in the NHL draft will directly involve the Boston Bruins for the first time on Friday, one past player selected in that slot has a sound behind-the-scene presence with the team.
Doug Jarvis, who went No. 24 in 1975, is coming of his second year as a member of Claude Julien’s coaching staff.
A more recent 24th overall selection, Marcus Johansson, just finished his sophomore campaign as an NHL player, highlighted in part by his Washington Capitals terminating Boston’s title defense.
Before Johansson, there was Brad Boyes, whose delayed break-in was enabled by the Bruins after two trades.
Another No. 24 choice, journeyman Peter Ferraro, had his most eventful season in 1998-99. He saw a career-high 46 NHL games with Boston and won the AHL’s playoff MVP award as part of Providence’s run to the Calder Cup.
Naturally, as it is with virtually every slot in the draft, these picks have a dense hit-and-miss history. That said, there is ample evidence to encourage Bruins buffs as to the future of whomever general manager Peter Chiarelli summons to the podium at the Consol Energy Center Friday night.
The 10 quintessential cases of a 24th overall gem are presented as follows in chronological order.