It’s only preseason but DAMNIT IT’S BOSTON BRUINS HOCKEY AGAIN I’VE MISSED YOU SOOOO MUCH.
Jack is back! Dobby’s back! Marchand has been extended. HOCKEY! What’s on tap?
Okay folks, welcome to Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The picks last night were… interesting? Overall, a lot of players went a bit off their projections, and there weren’t a whole lot of trades. Not like the wheeling and dealing of last year. Bruins made the smart choice and drafted BU defenseman (Right shot!) Charlie McAvoy with the 14th overall pick, but went a little crazy with #29, selecting the USNTDP’s (and U. Wisconsin commit- future teammate of Bruins prospect Cameron Hughes) Trent Frederic (a Centre), in a move that #SHOCKEDTHEWORLD . Naturally, twitter reacted with its accustomed dignity and aplomb. The bigger news was that there was no big trade for a defenseman, and apparently Sweeney was saying that anyone ‘selling’ was asking for both 1sts AND Pastrnak to start off with. So yeah, no thanks.
Anyway, grab yourselves some coffee and lets do rounds 2-7!
Welcome to B2B’s draft party!
Round One of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft is today, starting at 7:00PM ET and can be seen on can be seen on NBCSN and Sportsnet. Rounds Two through Seven are tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 10:00AM ET and can been seen on the NHL Network and Sportsnet.
As it stands, the Bruins have the #14 and the #29 picks in the first round. Will they trade either of them in a package for Shattenkirk or Fowler? Will they draft the best available? What even is the best available? Will they draft for need, such as a defenseman or a right winger? Will they trade up or down? Get your drinks, put on your party hats, and buckle in!
The Stanley Cup Finals are here! The Penguins face their natural predators – Sharks! Kessel vs. Thornton in a Bruinfreude showdown!
Sharks @ Penguins, 8:00PM ET, Series tied 0-0
Will you join the Gold Rush or will you Feel the Teal?
The San Jose Sharks have already booked their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. Their opponent gets decided tonight, as the Penguins host the Lightning in the deciding seventh game.
The big drama: Steven Stamkos participated in the pre-game warming for the Lightning. No word yet if he’s playing, and the Lightning aren’t saying at the moment.
UPDATE: STAMKOS IS IN THE LINEUP. FOR REALSIES.
Lightning @ Penguins, 8:00PM ET, Series tied 3-3
Pivotal Game 5 of a tied series! The Penguins are going with Marc-Andre Fleury in net over Matt Murray. They’re also without Trevor Daley for the remainder of the season due to a fluke broken ankle. Ben Bishop is still out for the Lightning, so Andre Vasilevskiy gets the start again.
Bolts @ Pens, 8:00PM ET, Series tied 2-2
The World Hockey Championship wrapped up today, but there’s plenty more hockey!