MONTREAL — The Boston Bruins didn’t have to fight to draft Lane MacDermid of the Windsor Spitfires in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft today at Bell Centre. But you can be sure he’ll be throwing his fists around when he lands in the Bay State, at least at training camp if not development camp.
A 6-foot-3, 205-pound winger who’ll turn 20 in August, MacDermid — whose dad Paul skated in almost 700 career NHL games — racked up 197 penalty minutes in 64 games after a 190-PIM season in 2007-08. But he assured a pool reporter this afternoon that he’s not just all about fighting.
“I think it’s one aspect of my game,” said MacDermid, who did not attend the draft after being passed over the last two years. “Obviously, I do fight and I’m not afraid to stick up for my teammates and stuff like that. I also do other things pretty well. I’m a pretty physical player and I’m pretty good at penalty kills and stuff like that. So yeah, that’s not my only aspect of the game.”
It should be no surprise that MacDermid, who chipped in with 15 goals last season, pointed to winger Milan Lucic as his favorite member of the current Bruins. At least in the toughness department, the late-blooming MacDermid might be able to match Lucic.
“MacDermid is a big body — high conditioned, high strength level,” said Bruins director of amateur scouting Wayne Smith. “He’s really strong on pucks. He’s a competitive kid who’s combative. He can handle himself with the gloves off or on. He’s real good in 1-on-1 situations along the wall. He drives to the net, he causes traffic in front of the net.
“He really excelled on the penalty kill this year. In the Memorial Cup this year, our staff was in there, and we certainly noted in key situations he was placed out there in the penalty-kill situations, and their team ended up winning the championship.”
That Memorial Cup championship might’ve been MacDermid’s last hurrah in major junior. Among the Bruins’ draft picks, he’s the closest to turning pro and could be a factor at Providence (AHL) in the upcoming season.
“You don’t want to throw him to the wolves, so to speak, too soon, because part of his game is battling I’ll call it. We’ll see how it goes,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
And MacDermid’s attitude about his future is about the same as Chiarelli’s.
“I’m going to camp and I’ll do my best and try to make a good impression and see what they want me to do,” he said. “(I’ll) see if I can stick in the AHL. … It will be a good year for me either way.”