Boston Bruins: Top 30 Draft Picks of All Time

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8. Craig Janney – 1986 – 13th Overall

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The Boston Bruins selected Craig Janney with the 13th overall selection in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and in doing so, they received one of the best playmakers the franchise has ever seen.

Craig Janney skated alongside some of the best players in NHL history throughout his career, including former-Bruins’ forward and current-Bruins’ President Cam Neely, as well as Brett Hull and Brendan Shanahan during his time with the St Louis Blues. Janney had tremendous hands and was able to handle his stick as smoothly as any player in the league at the time.

Janney was another player who first played at Boston College before finding his way to the Boston Bruins, although he dropped out of school to join the United States National Team before finding his way to the NHL. Janney was able to translate his success to the international level as well, having scored six points in five games at the 1988 Olympics for the United States National Olympic Team. It was only following the 1988 Olympics that Janney made his NHL debut, and he excelled, scoring 7 goals and totaling 16 points in the final 15 regular season games. He also scored 6 goals and added 10 assists in the playoffs to help the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Finals before the team ultimately lost the the Edmonton Oilers.

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