Morning Free Association: Draft Aftermath

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The 2019 NHL Entry Draft was this past weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia. As one might expect, the Bruins had a chance to draft some young talent to potentially add to their depths.

Due to trades, the Bruins had no picks in the second and fourth round. However, they still had five draft choices and only opted to draft one defenseman.

The 2019 Bruins Draft Picks:

First round: 30th overall – John Beecher, 6’3″, (F), USA
Third round: 92nd overall – Quinn Olson, 5’11” (F), USA
Fifth round: 154th overall – Roman Bychkov, 5’11” (D), RUS
Sixth round: 185th overall – Matias Mantykivi, 5’11” (F), FIN
Seventh round: 192nd overall – Jake Schmaltz, 6’1″ (F), USA

With their first selection, the Bruins selected a prototypical Bruins player who described himself as a power forward. With his size and accounts of his speedy skating, he sounds like a good pick.

The Bruins can use another left-shooting center in their system, although the B’s seem to list him as a forward, so we’ll see where he ends up on a line.

The one regret is that the B’s didn’t pick up a player named Bobby Brink. Or should I say Bobby Orr Brink.

The 5’8″ winger surely is pocket-sized but is supposed to have a great hockey IQ. He was drafted just 4 picks after the Bruins selection of Beecher with the Philadelphia Flyers moving up to get him at 34. I certainly hope that doesn’t bite the B’s in the butt later.

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Morning, hockey pals.

  • Happy Monday?
  • Second coworker in less than a week died on Saturday. I hope we don’t go through one of those “dropping like flies” streaks again. Woof.
  • I’m exhausted.
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    On to matters of hockey… I am the first person to say to calm the hell down about the draft, rankings aren’t the only thing that matters, etc., etc… however:

  • I like Beecher the player, from what I have read and seen, but I don’t like the pick. I appreciate going against the grain, but I really hate that we go off the board almost every time we draft in the first round. It’s getting to be pretty annoying.
  • I think they reached with the Quinn Olson pick, too – if I’m not wrong, he was taken at 92 but ranked at like 167th or something like that.
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Ugh, sorry to hear pal.

    BagelBruin
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    BagelBruin

    Two weeks ago we have two employees pass away on the same day. Been rough all around

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Ugh, sorry pal. Sucks.

    Here, most of it is low turnover, so people are here longer and older / liquor biz and questionable lifestyle, BUT this is like twelve people in the decade I’ve been here.

    BagelBruin
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    BagelBruin

    That’s a lot no matter what the circumstances!

    Quaider4ever
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    Ooof! Sorry to hear that!!
    Can’t afford to lose anyone here… There’s only me!!
    Haven’t had time to check out the draft. Wow! Devils, eh??

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. Still need to read up on the draft picks. Don’t want to be in the office. Want to be outside where it’s nice and sunny.

    The London Bear
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    Hey, how is everyone?

    Which do you think is more interesting – the draft or free agency?
    Outside the top two picks this year I’d not heard of anyone else in the draft, but I guess if you follow Junior/ college hockey it’s a lot more exciting?

    Some interesting moves this weekend. I love the salary cap. I love how it rewards a clever management/scouting team and that you can’t just buy a championship.

    And now the Leafs are whining about it, so I love it even more!

    What do you think of their trade with Carolina? Angry that the Canes have helped them dump a chunk of salary, or do you think the Leafs got fleeced? I find all this fascinating.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I’m definitely more interested in free agency than the draft – the draft is such a crap-shoot. You’re essentially placing bets on a bunch of teenagers to become NHL-ers in ~3 years. At least hockey isn’t as inane as football with a guy’s draft position setting expectations & following him around for his entire pro career.

    WRT the Leafs deal, I’m mostly curious why Marleau waived his NMC to go to Carolina. Maybe he just likes the work. I read 2 “quick” blurbs about it from the Toronto media and now my tummy hurts from all the sugary-sweet praise for Marleau, his family, his relationship with his teammates…

    The London Bear
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    I’m mostly curious why Marleau waived his NMC to go to Carolina. 

    Yeah that’s a good point. Are they allowed to pay him off “under the table” as it were, or is that strictly against the rules?

    BagelBruin
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    If he decides to stick around with the Canes, awesome.
    However, the conditional first round pick is if the Canes buy him out.

    The Canes will buy him out.

    Quaider4ever
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    Carolina did okay. I think the cap is a great equalizer. Some teams spend, some don’t….. But buying a Cup isn’t easy. I find the free agents more interesting for the Bruins. I do like to check out the draft to see what local kids get picked.

    The London Bear
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    I do like to check out the draft to see what local kids get picked.

    Ah I wondered if there would be an element of that. Especially for you, cos you must’ve reffed a few of them!

    Quaider4ever
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    Hi Pals!!!
    Epic weekend!! Mom’s 99th birthday party Saturday, big time whitewater yesterday!! Sleepy now!

    The London Bear
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    Wow, congratulations and happy birthday to your Mom!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Happy Birthday Mama Stripes!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Awesome! Happy birthday!

    phonymahoney
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