Boston Bruins Closer To Deciding That First Round Pick


The Boston Bruins front office was at the NHL Combine today. They were getting a serious eyes-on look at the players that they will likely be picking in the first few rounds of the 2015 Entry Draft.

The organization had interviews with at least twenty of the players. Many of those players fell in the niche of potential picks available when the Bruins choose the 14th overall pick. Bruins GM Sweeney was on hand in Buffalo overseeing the whole process. He seemed generally pleased with what he saw.

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“I think you’re getting a broad perspective of players at this point in time,” said Sweeney on the B’s progress during the NHL combine. “Obviously our scouts have worked tremendously hard all year long to identify the players they would like to draft, and that’s part of the job. I really want our scouts to identify the guys that they really, really want. They want to play for the Boston Bruins, they want to identify, they fit in with our culture and the identity that we want to have going forward.

“So the best player available, it may or may not fit in that situation. It might be a need based a little bit, but we really want the players that they think are the best players that identify with the way we want to play going forward.”

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  • The Jack Eichel/Connor McDavid show is certainly matching the Tyler Seguin/Taylor Hall show of a few years ago. There were constant comparisons between the two all day. While the Bruins don’t have an honest prayer of getting either one of them(barring another super trade), there are plenty of excellent players who are going to be available in the first round. Now it comes down to figuring out who the Bruins will need, and how quickly they can get into the NHL.

    “I’m excited about that,” continued Sweeney. We’re going to get a really good player [with the 14th pick] and throughout the draft, I think there’s depth there. We’ve met some tremendous kids here throughout the week and they’re well coached, they’re well prepared in these situations. They’ll be poked and prodded from a fitness standpoint. It’s all part of the process each and every one of us is fully invested in.”

    Whoever gets picked, they’ll certainly get the loving attention of Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides.

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