Although the excitement level for the Bruins going into this year’s draft isn’t as high as it was a year ago when they held the No. 2 overall pick, general manager Peter Chiarelli is still eager to get to St. Paul, Minnesota and make his club’s pick at No. 9 Friday night.
Chiarelli’s been busy in the aftermath of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win, so he won’t have time to speak with the non-traveling members of the written media before Friday. But today he checked in for his weekly appearance on the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
When asked about the draft, here’s what Chiarelli said:
“We pick at nine and it’s a deep draft. It’s not top-heavy. There’s not like two or three definite picks in the top three. We could wind up with a player that was ranked No. 1 at certain points of the year. There are three or four defensemen that will all be good NHL players that we’re looking at. It’ll be exciting because we’re in a good spot where there’s players that we want. We may try and move up but depending how it goes, a player that we don’t expect that we’re going to get may fall into our lap.”
Unofficially, the Bruins hold one pick in each of rounds two through seven, with their second-rounder coming from Minnesota, their third-rounder from Phoenix and their seventh-rounder from Florida.
The other big event coming up is free agency, and Chiarelli reiterated that he will talk to the representatives for veterans Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder, who will both be unrestricted July 1. Chiarelli, however, noted that the team has other options if things don’t work out with those two players.
Chiarelli identified Jordan Caron, Jamie Arniel, Matt Bartkowski and Steven Kampfer as young players with a shot to make the big club full-time next season. He also said that he talks to Marc Savard regularly about the player’s future and that the center is “doing OK; he’s improving a little bit.” No decision about Savard’s status has been made yet, though.