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Second Round Pick Linus Arnesson
From 2007 to 2012 the Bruins selected just four players from European leagues, so it was a bit of a shock that they left Sunday's draft with three prospects who currently ply their trade in Sweden.
After years of sticking to North American trained players, the Bruins have fundamentally changed their philosophy. Perhaps the shift comes as a result of Sweden's recent international success at both the junior and senior levels.
Sweden has reached the final of the World Junior Championships in each of the last two years, winning gold in 2012, and the Tre Kronor won the senior World Championship in May.
However, the shift is more likely influenced by the NHL success of Swedish stars like Henrik Zetterberg and the arrival of Carl Soderberg and Niklas Svedberg this past year.
Svedberg signed with the Bruins last summer after leading Brynäs IF to the Swedish title, and he enjoyed a superb season in net for Providence. He received the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL's most outstanding goaltender and will likely back up Tuukka Rask at the NHL level this fall.
Carl Soderberg has yet to build much of a resume in North America, but the Swedish Hockey League's leading goal-scorer in 2012 will play a larger role in Boston next season, with a full training camp under his belt. Soderberg's transfer saga brought the Bruins into direct conflict with the Swedish Hockey Federation, who hoped to keep the gifted forward available for the World Championships, but the spat has not scared the Bruins away from Swedish talent.
The Bruins selected reliable defenseman Linus Arnesson, high-scoring Slovakian-born winger Peter Cehlarik and deep sleeper Anton Blidh, and all three could contribute down the line.
Arnesson projects to be a solid stay-at-home defenseman in the Dennis Seidenberg mold, while the rapidly emerging Cehlarik could provide a scoring spark. Cehlarik only reached Sweden's top flight league late this season, but he managed three goals and six points in eight games.
Selected 180th overall, Anton Blidh is a mystery to much of the hockey world, but perhaps he could be the next Zetterberg. The Detroit Red Wings Swedish captain was selected 210th in the 1999 draft suggesting that any of Sunday's 211 draft picks could become a star.
For now, it seems like the Bruins expect to find their next surprise star in Sweden.