Morning Free Association, June 28

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Good morning everyone! Last night teams had to submit their qualifying offers to RFA’s by 5pm and the Bruins made some obvious choices and some interesting ones in their QO’s.

Also dropping last night was this gem from a former Lightning GM saying the Bruins are among the favorites to land Stamkos. I mean that can’t be legit right? There’s going to be enough talk in this offseason about it happening to get our hopes up to not happen right? Or is it just unlikely enough to #SHOCKTHEWORLD?

What do you think?

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.

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2016 NHL Entry Draft Party Thread Day 2

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!

B2B’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft Preview- Pick 17.5: Kieffer Bellows

Sneaking in at #17.5 is left wing Kieffer Bellows of Team USA’s U18 squad. Er…#17.5? Sooooo yeah, we compiled and averaged our draft ratings, and through the mysteries of modern math we carried a remainder or something and lost Kieffer Bellows.

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B2B’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft Party Thread!

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!

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B2B’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft Preview- Pick 1: Auston Matthews

First overall is phenom center Auston Matthews, currently skating for ZSC Lions in the top Swiss league, the NLA.

Matthews is reasonably big at 6’2″, and 216 pounds. He’s very strong on the puck and an incredibly agile skater. He can accelerate to top speed in a jiffy and make plays at a crazy pace, or he can slow the game down and be just as effective. Matthews is a complete offensive player – the kid’s got the whole package. He could use a little work defensively, but if you draft Auston Matthews, you are NOT worried about his defensive game one iota (what the fuck is an iota, anyway?). The kid is a gamebreaker, and a franchise player.

Should the Bruins draft him? Yes, everyone should draft him, but it’s not going to happen. He is very, very likely to be a Toronto Maple Leaf on Friday night; the hockey world will be shocked otherwise.


A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater who accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent who has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center.

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