The Bruins run to the Stanley Cup championship didn’t allow for much preparation for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft here at The Bruins Blog.
By now you know the Bruins will be picking at No. 9 in tonight’s first round. According to the official NHL draft order, the Bruins then have one pick in each of tomorrow’s rounds except for the seventh (the last round).
Here’s a quick glance at who some of the recent mock drafts have the Bruins picking tonight:
•Red Line Report
Nathan Beaulieu, D, Saint John (QMJHL)
The Tomas Kaberle experiment hasn’t worked out as hoped, so he won’t be back. They’re praying that Ryan Murphy falls to them, but if not, they’ll settle for another high-risk, high-reward puck-moving defender. Time to reload with some young blood on the blue line. (MK note: I don’t necessarily agree about the Kaberle comment, but it would make sense for Boston to take a blueliner if there’s a solid one available. It’s not like the Bruins are looking for someone to play in the NHL next year.)
Boston probably wanted [Ryan] Murphy, but they’re not getting him here. Brodin would be a very useful player for Boston’s blue line. – Pierre McGuire
Fills need along aging blue line; transitional dynamo with speed, poise and great shot; 45 pts in 65 gms.
Sven Baertschi, LW, Portland (WHL)
Skilled forward with great hands, lots of fun to watch.
Ryan Murphy, D, Kitchener (OHL)
Murphy’s offensive game drawing comparisons to a young Bobby Orr — makes him the perfect Bruins pick.
•The Hockey News
B’s playing with house money, so why not tab undersized D-man with mad power play skills?
Ryan Strome, C, Niagara (OHL)
There are nine upper-level prospects in this draft, so the Bruins will sit back and choose the one left to them. Or, they could move down and accumulate picks along the way. Either way, they’ll take the best player available.
There may not be a player and team that fit so nicely together than the Stanley Cup champs and the smooth-skating, offensive defenceman from Kitchener. The Bruins didn’t get the puck-moving defenceman they thought they had in Tomas Kaberle, who is a good bet to find a new team when he becomes a free agent. The Bruins were able to win the Stanley Cup in spite of their power-play, not because of it. Murphy would inject instant offence and would be given ample opportunity to do what he does best on a team as loaded in talent as Boston.