The Boston Bruins added five prospects and a new director of player personnel over the 2014 NHL draft weekend. They also received and relayed league-wide news that could presage a few momentous moves in the coming months.
As is often the case over the two-day draft, Friday and Saturday yielded a mere centerpiece in the various picks. The notable developments stretched beyond the namesake event.
By convening with their 29 competitors at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, the Bruins partook in the annual reminder that the buildup to 2014-15 is underway.
Sure, next season marks the opportunity to start monitoring the five fresh selections with new eyes. But Boston’s brass now knows it will literally have a new observer to help them watch over those prospects.
Furthermore, the front office is facing harder decisions than most of its counterparts in molding its immediate depth chart ahead of the coming campaign. The draft marked an exceptional chance to initiate potential transactions, which could become more apparent in the coming weeks.
As far as the public knows, things have started small on that front. Dan Cagen of the Fall River Herald News noted Saturday that Jordan Caron is the lone pending restricted free agent who still lacks a qualifying offer.
Cagen went on to elaborate that “The deadline to qualify restricted free agents is Monday at 5 p.m. General manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters in Philadelphia that they may look to move Caron before then.”
There are, and will continue to be, bigger names rotating in the rumor mill for the foreseeable future. One of those names and the developments driving his saga shall lead off the top three Bruins-related takeaways from draft weekend.