There were talks that Bruins general manager, Don Sweeney may be able to trade into the first round but that never came to fruition. However, the Bruins probably dodged a bullet when the Los Angeles Kings outbid them for winger, Ilya Kovalchuk. The Kings agreed to sign the Russian winger to a 3-year deal worth $6.25 million per year.
Without a first round pick and Kovalchuk no longer in the Bruins plans the front office went back to concentrating on the draft.
Below are some quick scouting notes on the players drafted by the Bruins. The first three selections are accompanied by a scouting report screenshot from The Draft Analyst Steve Kourmianos who also scribes for The Sporting News.
They started off with a bit of a reach on Defenseman, Axel Andersson with their first pick of the day. Andersson is probably more of a depth piece than anything but as you can see from his scouting report below, the kid has some offensive ability.
The Bruins went back to well for another center when they took Curtis Hall with the 119th pick in the draft. Hall joins Lauko, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Trent Frederic, Jack Studnicka and potentially Ryan Donato as the top pivots in the Bruins developmental pipeline.
Round 6– Pick 181 Dustyn McFaul (D), 6’2″-185 lbs.
McFaul is a left shot, blue-liner out of the OJHL who is committed to Clarkson University starting in 2019-2020. He tallied 4 goals and 15 assists in 38 games for the Pickering Panthers but missed 16 games due to injuries and suspension. McFaul logs a lot of minutes with a 28-minute TOI performance in a scout attended game. He’s a mobile defenseman with a long reach and an active stick. There are questions about his shooting skills but he’s proven he can handle quarterbacking a power play, has a great work ethic and is considered a natural leader by his teammates.
Round 7, Pick 212–Pavel Shen ( L-Center), 6’1″, 183 lbs.
“Intriguing and highly skilled Russian winger, Shen is a competitive and skilled forward that isn’t afraid of the rough stuff, confident player with the puck and excels as a goal scorer, has natural scoring instincts and has a good, accurate wrist shot, good puck distributor as well.” – Brandon Holmes, Riding Pine Hockey