Morning Free Association: Drafted

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This weekend was the NHL Entry Draft which was held remotely and online due to the pandemic. Covid did not stop draft eligible players from uniting with friends, families, and development teams.

The Boston Bruins had seven picks in this year’s draft but none in the second round; that pick went to Buffalo Sabres when they traded Taylor Hall to Boston. However, the B’s had an extra seventh round pick due to trade with Toronto in last year’s draft.

Boston’s European Scout, PJ Axelsson, did the heavy lifting this year with three of the Bruins’ selections coming from the Swedish leagues. Their first round pick (21, really 20 due to Arizona forfeiture), RW Fabian Lysell figuratively played right in his backyard. Lysell reportedly has excellent speed and is great with the puck. However, there were “whispers” of character issues which are either that he’s not as driven to compete when the puck isn’t on his stick to the fact that he bet on himself to play in the highest tier league in Sweden and didn’t fare well. Regardless, these are flaws but not really character issues.

If we really want to talk about the dreaded character issues, look no further than to the Montreal Canadiens first round pick (31) of Logan Mailloux. If you haven’t heard about this guy, you will now. Last season he was loaned to a Swedish team since the OHL chose to shut down during the coronavirus outbreak. When he was there he had relations with a young woman, during which he took a picture. Then, he decided to brag and show this picture to his teammates, which is against the law. Sweden have very strict laws regarding consent and he broke them. He was fined by a court which served as his conviction. He did not confess to this upon returning home until teams basically performed background checks, after which he apologized and started his road to redemption. Except he never personally apologized to his victim, who is experiencing public shaming in the town where she lives. He was able to leave and go home without much consequence.

The Habs have offered lame attempts at their rationale for drafting him, including stating that he goes to see a female psychiatrist.

They say they will help him to become a better man while dismissing what he did as merely a mistake. Mailloux even requested he not be drafted this season because he wanted to experience the excitement of the draft not really to pay for his consequences. Marc Bergevin drafted him anyway.

And then Bergevin didn’t put himself in front of the firing squad, he put his AGM there instead.

So the Montreal Canadiens have gone from “likeable” underdog in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final to the bag of shit that they usually are. Congrats.

Anyway, the other Swedish players picked up were a goalie named Philip Svedebäck (4th, 117th) and a F named Oskar Jelvik (5th, 149th).

Their second pick, Brett Harrison (C, 3rd, 85th) is a Boston Bruins fan from youth because his grandfather was best friends with Gary Doak. Also, his father is friends with Jack Studnicka’s dad, so we may have a brotherhood brewing here.

In the sixth round (181st), Boston took a defenseman playing for the Sarnia Sting in the OHL, Ryan Mast. The last two picks were American players that are a part of the USNDT and soon-to-be-rivals at local Boston institutes of higher learning. Forward Andre Gasseau hails from California and is a commit to Boston College. Defenseman is a Michigander who previously committed to Notre Dame but changed his mind and now will play for the Boston University Terriers. This will be interesting. We could actually scout these guys.

The Bruins will be one of only a few teams that will hold a development camp this year.

Hopefully some of these draftees will love Boston as much as Taylor Hall did when he first visited the city.

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Had a chuckle the other day when Leah told me a girl in the year below her at school is named “Yankee”.

It seemed an odd choice even by today’s standards, especially in England, but then she mentioned the girl is Chinese, and I realised it must be Yan-Ki.

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Ha! Has she learned the difference between America and Canada? lol

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Morning all. “lady psychiatrist”? People are the worst.

In more positive things: Had a lovely afternoon up at SatanParents this weekend.

And is happy, fun, positive sports things, this put a smile on my face this morning and was the sports palette cleanser I needed:

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Seeing references to Vine reminds me of the time some workmates paid £15 and stayed up till 4 in the morning to watch a UFC match, then the rest of us were able to see the whole fight the next morning on a six-second Vine!

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Hahaha!

Speaking of sports stuff, are you guys nuts with work with the Olympics going on?

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It’s not too bad. When our department was “streamlined” last year it was decided we would do less on stuff that doesn’t generate that much interest (from a betting point of view) and go to town on stuff that does.

So we have been giving it daily coverage but not too much in depth. People generally prefer to bet on things they can watch live and for us, of course, a lot of this Olympics is happening in the middle of the night.

I haven’t watched an awful lot of it, but Leah has been glued to the gymnastics all morning!

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Good morning!
Tough to analyze the draft this year. So many players have had limited playing time over the last year plus. Young people in general can change a whole lot in that time. I do like that we may be able to advance scout some of the draftees. Also, kudos the the Hughes family! Three brothers, all drafted in the first round in their respective years! All in the top seven!!! First American family to accomplish the feat.
We moved whatever we could this weekend. Thanks to friends and whitewater, we had two trucks, two vans (one with a trailer), and plenty of muscle. Even managed to get in the river yesterday with a great group. Brain feels as good as it ever did. Neck still a bit sore, not terribad today. Five, count I’m, five working days left in Jo’s career!!! Woo hoo!

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Where’re you moving to, mate? Have you got far to haul all that stuff?

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Monrovia is our final destination!! We delayed moving things here as long as possible as the house isn’t done yet

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it’s about one hundred miles from Litchfield, CT to Monroe Bridge, MA

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Congrats to Jo!!

Thanks to friends and whitewater,

I’m picturing everyone in their kayaks towing all your stuff down the river! lol

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When I saw you say “I had two trucks”, I thought you meant “We had two 24′ box trucks” when you probably meant “We had two pickup trucks”. I was thinking “Geez, how much stuff do these two have?” chuckle

Good luck to Jo on wrapping up the week.