Boston Bruins Draft Overview
The 2014 NHL Draft has drawn to a close, and the Boston Bruins selected five players overall in rounds 1,2,4,5 and 7.
Their first-round selection (25th overall), David Pastrnak, hails from the Czech Republic, and according to EliteProspects.com, scored the most points of any U18 player in the SHL-2 all the way back to 1971. The 5-foot-10 winger boasts great skating skills–speed and agility namely–and terrific hands. His ability to see the ice as a playmaker has drawn comparisons to the Bruins current Czech center, David Krejci.
With the 26th pick in the second round, the B’s took Bostonian Ryan Donato, who attends the Dexter School and dominates in high school prep hockey, tallying 37 goals and 41 assists this past season. The 18-year-old’s attributes include his capacity to play two-way hockey, a quality which is significant to the Bruins style of play. He also has an above-average frame (6’1”, 180 lbs) that allows him to compensate for his mediocre skating talent.
Center/left winger Danton Heinen, Boston’s third-round pick, will head off to the University of Denver to take part in their top-notch college hockey program, and as a captain of the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL, he’s numbered 29 goals and 30 assists. Scouts recognized the fact that Heinen has first-class scoring tendencies on the ice, as well as a high motor. Any skater who will give 100 percent effort frequently should be able to make their case on the Bruins.
Their final two choices in the fifth and seventh rounds respectively, Anders Bjork and Emil Johansson, wrapped up the Bruins draft days in Philadelphia. Part of the USHL’s National Team Development Program and United States U18 team, Bjork brings forth a promising skills set of creativity and passing vision. The Notre Dame-bound left wing is only 17 years old.
Johansson was the only defenseman taken by Peter Chiarelli and his aides. The Swede has been characterized as a puck mover with a high hockey IQ. He notched two goals and nine assists in 42 games representing HV71’s under-20 team.