B2B’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft Preview: Picks 39 and 38

With the NHL Entry Draft kicking off on June 24th, we here at Bobby to Bergy want you to be informed or who the Bruins could possibly take in the first two rounds.

In case you missed previous picks, here are picks 45-40:
45: Cameron Morrison
44: Ryan Lindgren
43: Dennis Cholowski
42: Kyle Clague
41: Sebastian Aho
40: Jacob Moverare

Now that you’re caught up, we continue with our number 39, Markus Neimelainen, a Finnish defenseman who played for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL last season. From Elite Prospects:

A complete all-around defenceman that makes the game look easy. Natural size and strength compliment his smooth stride. Very mobile skater who moves up and down the ice quickly, with acute recognition of puck and body position. His maturity and poise is actualized in his high-percentage decision-making, with and without the puck, as well as his proactive stick and body play. Very stable defensively and always takes his lane, but is quick to rush the puck up the ice as he recognizes and accounts for how much time his team is spending in their own end. All-in-all, a quick-thinking defenceman that, honestly lacking nothing, has the potential to develop into a reliable two-way defenceman.

Some pretty kind words for the kid right there.

Niemelainen’s first career OHL goal

Pick number 38: Henrik Borgstrom
Also from Finland, Henrik Borgstrom is a forward committed to the University of Denver for the 2016-2017 season.
Draftsite says:

Second year eligible Finnish center is big slick stick-handler who needs to work to further strengthen his lower body in order to add power and speed to his skating. He has good skills and vision, but little consistency. Needs to be better away from the puck, and continue to grow his offensive side. Displays some really good dangle in his possession skills but has trouble deciding what the read is and can look bad when things go south in transition. Committed to Denver University where the team who selects him will expect to see upside.

With 29 goals and 55 points in 40 games on the U20 Finnish national team, Denver is hoping that that scoring will continue.

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