2010 NHL Draft: There could still be a stud at No. 32

John McFarland

After his team finished the first night of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles with just one move made, the expected selection of Tyler Seguin at No. 2 overall, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the assembled media he hadn’t been tempted to trade back into the a lower spot in the first round.

That’s probably because while there were a couple surprises as far a prospects rising into the first round, there were also a couple expected first-rounders dropping out of the top 30.

Here’s a look at a few of the players the Bruins will get a shot at, listed by their Central Scouting Service ranking, after Edmonton makes the No. 31 pick overall today:

CSS 15. John McFarland, C, Sudbury (OHL)

The 6-foot, 192-pound forward worked on improving his two-way game this season, and that — along with playing on a poor team — might’ve contributed to his tallying just 50 points (20 goals) in 64 games this season. His coach Mike Foligno calls him one of the fastest skaters in the OHL and also credits him with a great wrist shot. A scout quoted in The Hockey News compared McFarland’s talent to Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, but Robbie Schremp in other areas.

McFarland was one of the main focuses of the TSN cameras as he sat there and watched the first round go by without his name being called, so he’ll be ready to prove a lot of people long. Can the Bruins afford to not continue re-stocking their defense corps? They started with the addition of Steve Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski via trade and the signing of Yuri Alexandrov, but you can never have too much defense.

CSS 18. Tyler Pitlick, C, Minnesota State (WCHA)

Although he’s described by some as a grinder, he still managed to score 11 goals as a true freshman at Minnesota State. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound pivot obviously has the size, and Director of NHL Central Scouting E. J. McGuire lauds Pitlick for dominating on faceoffs last season. He’s going to leave college to play in the WHL next season, so he might be a bit of a project as he adjusts his game to a new league and new surroundings.

CSS 21. Jon Merrill, D, USNTDP

A 6-3, 198-pound blueliner was compared by one scout in THN to Brandon Gormley and Derek Forbort, who both turned out to be first-round guys. He’s headed to Michigan, where Matt Hunwick and Kampfer both honed their skills, so he has that going for him as well. He might’ve got lost in the mix with all the defensive talent the USNTDP had this season. But if the Bruins can overlook his one off-ice transgression (a brief suspension for violating team rules), Merrill might be the type of guy Boston needs to start building a solid defense stable.

CSS 29. Alex Petrovic, D, Red Deer (WHL)

There are some concerns about the 6-4, 193-pound blueliner’s physicality, but at his size he might be worth the gamble. Even his coach says there might not be much offensive upside there. However, championship organization’s need stay-home guys too. There might be a chance for Boston to even draft him at 45.

CSS Europe No. 5. Ludvig Rensfeldt, LW, Brynas

Scouts told THN that the large forward tailed off during the season after impressing as last summer’s Ivan Hlinka Tournament, with one scout calling him “vanilla.” Still Boston could use help on the wing, and it never hurts to add some international flair. Maybe he could even track down Carl Soderberg and convince him to go to Boston. I’m not sure if this helps him or not, but he claims in his NHL.com profile that if he could be one celebrity for a day it would be Marc Savard.

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