The 2009 NHL Entry Draft begins with the first round Friday night at Bell Centre in Montreal. The Boston Bruins will be picking at No. 25 in that first round. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is scheduled to address the media tomorrow at 3 p.m. to discuss the upcoming draft, and I’m sure he’ll touch on other topics of interest as well (free agency opens a week from Wednesday).
There have been tons of mock drafts out there, and I’ve seen now fewer than 10 different players listed next to the Bruins on those predicted draft boards. One such player is local product Chris Kreider, a forward who has been skating at Phillips Andover. The Boston Herald did a great feature on Kreider, who might get picked long before Boston gets a shot at him. But, of course, the chance to get called by the Black and Gold is something he has dreamed about.
“I was like a kid in a candy store. Having grown up right outside of Boston, I’ve been a Bruins fan forever. Getting to go behind the scenes was pretty amazing,” Kreider told the Herald about his meeting with Boston.
Another prospect I’ve seen mentioned in connection with the Bruins is defenseman Stefan Elliott, who totaled 55 points for Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League last season. More impressive, he compiled a 93.3 grade average in school and was named the Canadian Hockey League’s scholastic player of the year.
Another blueliner with the potential to be around for Boston’s consideration is Calvin de Haan, who impressed scouts watching Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League even after potential No. 1 pick John Tavares was traded away.
“I came out of nowhere,” de Haan, who totaled 63 points in 58 games, told NHL.com. “I wasn’t expected to get drafted as of a couple years ago.”