Boston Bruins 2018 Draft Review and Development Camp Updates

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2018-07-03

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Draft Review

The Bruins were quite at the draft table this year. They didn’t make any splashes on the trade market for players, nor did they try and move up or down the draft board. They did come in with an agenda to get players who can skate, and defenceman who can move the puck and possess an offensive flare. They grabbed three forwards and two defencemen in this year’s draft. All of whom possess the desired traits the B’s were looking for, and all of whom will most likely take a minimum of a year before they are fantasy relevant.

 

Round 1 – The Bruins pick was traded at the 2018 trade deadline.

 

Round 2 –Axel Andersson was selected by the Bruins 57th overall.

The Swedish rearguard displayed fantastic offensive skills for his U20 club in Djugardens this season and posted 31 points in 42 games. He led his team with 25 assists. The Bruins scouting staff felt he was held back on a more defensive minded Swedish team at the World Juniors. He is described as one of the best skaters in the draft, a player who loves to join the rush and likes to distribute the puck. Axel is quick, agile and moves the puck extremely well. A right-handed shot, he will someday play top four and see powerplay time. He is a few years away from the NHL.

 

Round 3 – Jakub Lauko was selected by the Bruins 77th overall.

He can play both the wing and the center ice, and scouts like his acceleration. He posted nine points in 42 games with Pirati Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga this year playing against men. Lauko himself thinks he is one of the fastest players in the draft and wants to prove himself to be a draft steal. He projects to be a versatile forward who can play up and down the lineup and score. The Bruins love his compete level and attitude. Along with his speed he possesses a dangerous shot. Great shot, great speed, competes hard; sounds like a poor man’s Marian Hossa.

 

Round 4 – Curtis Hall was selected by the Bruins 119th overall.

He has great size at 6-3 200lbs and plays a gritty and powerful game. He posted 31 points in 54 games for the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL. He is committed to Yale next season which will give him great opportunity to build on his power forward game. Hall is also a quick and solid skater. Will play at least a few years at Yale before going pro.

 

Round 5 – The Bruins pick was traded at the 2017 deadline.

 

Round 6 – Dustyn McFaul was drafted by the Bruins 181st overall.

A project. McFaul is considered a good skater who competes hard on pucks. Needs to gain weight and refine his game. Committed to Clarkson University for 2019/2020, will most likely move to USHL or BCHL next year.

 

Round 7 – Pavel Shen was selected by the Bruins 212th overall.

A swing for the fences pick. Shen split the year between the KHL and the MHL. Was nearly a point per game in the junior league, has good size (6-1, 185lbs) and distributes the puck well

 

Development Camp Notes:

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