It seems hard to believe that it’s been a full year since we last heard Taylor versus Tyler…Seguin versus Hall. Who would Edmonton pick? Could Boston actually trade up to get the #1 overall? We all know Edmonton took Hall, the Bruins took Seguin and last year is officially history. Anyway, onto Minnesota and the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins (I do love saying those words) have picks in the first six rounds of the 2011 draft. One downfall to winning the Cup is come draft day, they will be looking at every team pick before they get to. Because of three previous trades, Peter Chiarelli and company successfully moved up in the first three rounds and the defending champs actually have a top ten pick coming to them. The other downfall? It’s a short summer and recovery from the long season just isn’t as long as 28 of the other teams.
The Bruins are holding the #9 overall pick from the September 18, 2009 trade of Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs…the trade that keeps on giving. OK, that will be the last time I use that joke.
The Bruin first round pick at #30 overall was traded, ironically, to the Leafs for Tomas Kaberle along with upcoming prospect, Joe Colbourne and a 2nd round pick next next year. The 2nd round pick kicks in because the Bruins made it to the 2011 Cup Finals. Let the debate begin with which trade was better for whom but before anyone spouts off too early, let’s give it three or four years and see how the picks and players work out for both teams.
At #9 overall and Kaberle’s unrestricted free agency looming, the Bruins can do a couple of things here. First, the possibility of resigning Kaberle is there but I think that it would have to be much, much lower than his current $4.25M cap hit. His play down the stretch – after the 2nd round Flyer series – was that of a 3rd pair defenseman. That’s what Claude Julien did as he paired him with the gritty Adam MacQuiad behind the Chara/Seidenberg & Ference/Boychuk pairings.
If I were the Bruin GM, I’d walk away from Kaberle, admit I got the short end of this deal with by Brian Burke and cut my losses. Replacing Kabby with Steve Kampfer seems like a logical choice. Kampfer’s passing is not as good as Kaberle’s but he has a youthful upside and he is signed for two more years. With this possible change taking place, a good pick at #9 would be Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers. Last season with the Rangers, he had 26G, 53A for 79 total points and a “+22″
The Bruins are picking in the tenth spot in this round (#40 overall) as a result of an October 18, 2009 trade where the Bruins sent Chuck Kobasew to the Wild for Craig Weller, Alexander Fallstrom and this pick.
The Bruins would have picked #30 (#61 overall) but the trade for Chis Kelly sent this pick to the Ottawa Senators.
The Bruins are picking in the twentieth spot in this round (#81 overall) as a result of the Bruins sending Derek Morris to the Coyotes on March 3, 2010. This was a conditional pick and when Morris resigned with the Coyotes, the condition kicked in
The Bruins would have picked #30 (#91 overall) but this pick along with a 2010 first rounder and Dennis Wideman went to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Nathan Horton and Greg Campbell just before the 2010 draft.
The Bruins pick #30 (#121 overall) in this round.
The Bruins pick #30 (#151 overall) in this round.
The Bruins pick #30 (#181 overall) in this round.
The Bruins would have had the final pick of the draft, #30 of the round and #211 overall. The Bruins recieved a 7th round pick in the 2010 draft from the Black Hawks in exchange for this pick. With the 2010 pick, the Bruins drafted Zach Trotman from Lake Superior State.
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Written by Jim Mulligan