Morning Free Association, June 27 – Draft Recap!

Good morning, everyone! Thanks to everyone who hung out with us in the draft party threads! A recap of the Bruins’ picks:

14th- D Charlie McAvoy
29th- C Trent Frederic
49th- D Ryan Lindgren
135th- LW Joona Koppanen
136th- D Cameron Clarke
165th- C/RW Oskar Steen
195th- Traded to FLA for 2017 7th-round pick

As Drhandgrenaid points out, we added 2 right-shot d-men, 1 left-shot d-man, 1 left-shot shot C, 1 C/RW, and 1 LW. It’s a diverse draft group, and we got the top-pair-potential, right-shot d-man we were looking for, but we didn’t stock the system with a high-potential right wing like we needed. I’m thrilled with the McAvoy and Lindgren picks, and our system is now loaded with defensemen. The Trent Frederic pick seems overly safe, and I would have preferred a gamble on top-end talent, such as Adam Mascherin or Pascal Laberge. I personally have a no-smurf policy, but carvinbass18 really, really, really wanted Alex DeBrincat with the #29 pick.

The Bruins did not trade for a defenseman. Apparently the Blues’ asking price for Shattenkirk was at least the #14 pick plus Pasta. Hahahahahaha no. The Bruins ought to get on the phone with Liles’ agent and get a deal done. Drhandgrenaid’s of the opinion (and I concur) that the B’s should also try to acquire Tobias Enstrom from the Jets, with the Jets retaining a good portion of that salary.

Other notes and happenings from the draft…

Probably the most intriguing thing that happened was the Coyotes trading up to draft Jakob Chychrun. It started with Chychrun falling further than expected, out of the top ten and even the Bruins passing on him at #14. The Yotes got on the phone with the Wings and agreed to take the Pavel Datsyuk contract in order to move up four spots to #16, giving Detroit #20, #50, and Joe Vitale. With the #16 pick, they snagged Chychrun, while ridding themselves of the Datsyuk contract has Detroit giving Toronto an anxiety attack over Stamkos.

The Habs traded Lars Eller to the Caps for two 2nd round picks, then traded two 2nd round picks for Andrew Shaw of the Hawks. Now they have both Gallagher and Shaw, creating a stereophonic, goalie-crashing, douche-tandem. Yay. But now they have even less talent at forward, so at least there’s that.

The Blue Jackets shocked just about everyone and passed on Jesse Puljuljarvi at #3, taking Pierre-Luc DuBois instead. It could be that after trading Ryan Johansen to the Predators, the Blue Jackets wanted to fill the need of a big center. With Edmonton picking next, they decided once again that they didn’t need pick a top defensive prospect, and picked Puljuljarvi. He’ll love playing RW with Connor McDavid as his center, if they can ever get the puck out of their zone.

For the third time in four years, a goalie was not selected in the first round.

It was the best year ever for American-born players, with a record 12 being selected in the first round – more than *GASP* Canada. It was a great year for Finland, too, with 3 Finns selected in the top five and four overall in the first round.

Filip Helt of the Czech Republic is this year’s Mr. Irrelevant.

Free Agency Day is nigh! What’s on tap?

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