2015 NHL Draft Preview: Boston Bruins


Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; David Pastrnak puts on a team cap after being selected as the number twenty-five overall pick to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Now that we are days away from the 2015 NHL Draft, Frozen Futures will go through each team and give and idea of what prospects they have now, where they can improve and who they could select to improve.

The Bruins currently hold the 14th pick in the 1st round of the NHL Draft. That pick will get them a quality player who will boost the pipeline of a team that may be looking to get a bit younger due to the decreasing cap space the team has. The Bruins have 6 other picks in the draft that spread out as such:

2nd round – 37th overall
3rd round – 75th overall
4th round – 105th overall
5th round – 135th overall
6th round – 165th overall
7th round – 195th overall

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Being that the Bruins are in a spot where they will not be selecting a prospect that can make the NHL team right off the bat, they will be choosing players to better their organizational depth.

To get a clue as to what the Bruins will be looking for this Friday, let’s take a look as to how their pipeline fills out at each position.
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So, as you can see, the Bruins have depth in all prospect positions; however, what the Bruins have in depth they lack in a top talent for their respective position, with the exception of David Pastrnak and Malcolm Subban.

With the 14th overall selection, the Bruins should go with an elite forward, preferably one that can play on the right side. This will balance the talent level upfront between said prospect and David Pastrnak. The two prospects that I see being available for the Bruins to choose are Timo Meier and Travis Konecny.

Meier is a great skater and a natural scorer. Playing with the Halifax Mooseheads Meier scored 44 goals in 61 games. Meier also had the privilege to play with Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets organization. This gave Meier the chance to prove that he can play with players more developed and successful that he is, but not so much that he is relying on them.

Travis Konecny is a small but powerful forward. He has explosiveness in his stride which he uses to his advantage to evade defenders. Konecny also has an underrated set of hands. He works hard and isn’t afraid to go into battles. As captain of the Ottawa 67’s, Konecny scored 68 points in 60 games.

Another position the Bruins should address is their defense. Joe Morrow seems to be falling and a strong two-way defender could work well with Matt Grzelcyk.

At 37th overall Nicolas Meloche or Mitchell Vande Sompel could potentially be available and could become their best defensive prospect. Both are great physical two-way defenders with good offensive skillsets as well. Meloche is a bit more physical and seems like he would be a better fit for the Bruins.

After the first two rounds, any team will look to add depth to their organization. A prospect that I think any team should take a look at after the early rounds is Pius Suter. Suter was an over-ager with the Guelph Storm. He put up fair numbers with 72 points in 61 games. He held his own in the face-off circle, but could use work defensively.

Every team will be adding top prospects to their squad during this year’s draft, including the Bruins. They will be assessing holes that need to be filled