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The Stanley Cup runners-up dealt away multiple depth draft picks in an effort to improve their roster at the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline. As a result, the Bruins were left with just five selections to make in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. They used these selections on four forwards and a lone defenseman, an expected outcome given the wealth of quality young rearguards in the team’s system. Boston has not selected in the top 15 in any of the previous three drafts, resulting in plenty of high-upside picks made during 2019’s draft weekend.
Round 1, 30th Overall – John Beecher, C
The Bruins clearly have a type, and Beecher fits that mold to a tee. He is a big, strong, defensively-sound center with speed to burn. He plays physical in all three zones and is not afraid to drive the net with the puck. His game is all about playing responsible hockey, but he still manages to contribute offensively when given the opportunity. When asked about his playing style, Beecher had the following to say via an interview with NHL.com: “I use my size and my speed to my advantage, and I think my game really translates well to Boston.” Furthermore, if his play on the ice was not enough to entice Bruins fans, perhaps his mindset will. When asked about being chosen by Boston, he had the following to say about the organization: “I’ve always watched the Bruins and admired them. They’ve had a lot of success for a reason. They’re world class. I mean, they do things the right way, so it’s an honor and privilege to be a part of it.”
Well said John, well said.
In the strongest draft the U.S. National Development Team has ever had, Beecher was an afterthought, playing a checking-line role behind other 2019 first-round talents. As a result, the Bruins expect a similar development curve for Beecher as they saw out of their 2016 first rounder, Trent Frederic. A breakout season is not out of the question for Boston’s 30th overall selection, as he is set to join the University of Michigan and should receive a more prominent role than he had with the U.S. Development Team.
Watch Beecher’s development closely over the next few years, as there will inevitably be scoring-role center jobs available in Boston when David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron eventually lose their touch.
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