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.
Bruins select C John Beecher (NTDP) at No. 30. Beecher, 6’3” and 210lbs, is an excellent skater with unbelievable agility. Hits like a truck, cuts to middle, drives the net and can make some plays. Lot of “brand names” left, but Bs fans should be happy with this pick. #NHLBruins
— Bruins Network (@BruinsNetwork) June 22, 2019
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.
"My middle name is Orr, after Bobby Orr, because my dad played hockey and loved Bobby Orr," Brink said. "I think being named after one of the best players in the history of hockey is pretty cool actually."
DID Y'ALL THINK I WAS JOKING??https://t.co/KMaEth9n3E
— Greg McCarthy (@gmc_mccarthy) June 22, 2019
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.