|06.26.10 at 4:36 pm ET|
The Bruins selected their first defenseman of the weekend on Saturday when they chose Russian defenseman Maxim Chudinov with the 195th overall pick of the NHL draft. The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder was draft eligible a year ago, making him the third Bruins draft pick this season that was passed over in the ’09 draft.
Chudinov played for Cherepovets Severstal of the KHL the last two seasons, totaling just 13 points in 73 games.
The team also traded their seventh-round choice in the 2011 draft to the Blackhawks in exchange for the 210th overall pick on Saturday, which was the last pick of the draft. With it they chose defenseman Zach Trotman out of Lake Superior state.
|06.26.10 at 3:58 pm ET|
The Bruins broke up their string of five forwards in a row by drafting goaltender Zane Gothberg with the 165th overall pick, their allotted sixth-round selection. Gothberg is committed to the University of North Dakota after an upcoming stint with the USHL’s Fargo Force. The Bruins first three picks were centers, followed by a pair of left wings.
Gothberg had a 1.84 goals against average in his senior year at Thief River Falls high school in Minnesota with a 9.22 save percentage. The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder also played for the United States under-18 team.
Three shutouts as a senior helped earn the 18-year-old Gothberg the Frank Brimsek award, which is given to the state of Minnesota’s top senior goalie each year.
|06.26.10 at 3:47 pm ET|
The Bruins continued their all-offense draft by selecting Justin Florek from Northern Michigan University with the 135th overall pick. In his sophomore campaign the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Michigan native totaled 35 points.
Florek spent his two years prior to Northern Michigan playing on the USA under-18 team, where he registered 27 points in 50 games. Like fourth-rounder Craig Cunningham, Florek was draft-eligable last year but went undrafted.
|06.26.10 at 2:43 pm ET|
After not having a pick in the third round, the Bruins selected 5-foot-10 Vancouver (WHL) forward Craig Cunningham with the seventh pick in the fourth round of the NHL draft on Saturday. The pick was the 97th overall choice choice and was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in the Aaron Ward deal. The Bruins first three picks were centers Tyler Seguin (second overall), Jared Knight (32), and Ryan Spooner (45).
Now 19, Cunningham played four years of junior hockey. After winning a Memorial Cup in his first year with the Giants, his production increased significantly each year. His point totals in his four years were five, 25, 50, and 97. He scored 37 goals this past season.
A left-handed shot, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound Cunningham played center in the WHL but is believed to be a left wing at the next level.
|06.26.10 at 2:15 pm ET|
LOS ANGELES _ There should be no shortage of talented forwards in the Bruins future.
Having already selected Tyler Seguin, the top ranked center in the draft, with the second overall pick Friday, the Bruins continued the trend in the second round of the draft Saturday.
With the 32nd overall pick in the draft, which was obtained from Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade, the B’s chose center/winger Jared Knight, who had 36 goals and 21 assists in 63 games with the London Knights of the OHL this season.
The B’s had a sense that Knight was flying under the scouting radar. Although he was ranked as the 82nd top prospect by the NHL scouting combine, Knight scored ten goals in 12 playoff games after he was diagnosed with diabetes and began taking insulin late in the season.
‘I did have a slow start because of that,’ said Knight . ‘I was diagnosed in November and it’s all taken care of. It’s all under control. I’m taking four shots a day. I’m eating better; I’ve got my diet under control. Everything is under control. Obviously hindered me a little bit at the start but once I got in under control my game really took off.’
GM Peter Chiarelli agreed that the diabetes issue is not a concern.
“He’s been completely treated for that, he lost a bunch of weight and that’s when he started flying under the radar at the start of the season, then he lit it up for a long time,” said Chiarelli at the conclusion of Saturday’s draft. “He’s a shooter, this guys a shooter. He’s strong on the puck. This kid is a good player.”
Knight did not attend the draft. The 5-11, 186-pound right-shot center is the first player from Battle Creek, Michigan to be drafted in the NHL.
“I think, if you’re going to look at my play, I think [I’m] just a hard working player, a hard-nosed player who goes hard to the net, who’s not afraid to take the post off,’ said Knight. ‘ I think I have a good skill set too and I think what really sets me apart is my work ethic and the way I work out there.‘
Knight is also sold on Boston.
‘I was down there a couple weeks ago and we tested there at their practice facility and we went around town,’ said Knight. ‘We went to Ray Bourque‘s restaurant. It’s just a great city. I watch the games, I love the Boston Bruins. They’re one of my favorite teams to watch. Their fans are just unreal. They’re really passionate fans and its something I’m really looking forward to.‘
Spooner was the 39 ranked skater in the draft. A broken collarbone limited the 5-10, 172-pounder to playing just 47 games this season but he was not disappointed with the way things worked out at the draft.
‘I was pretty nervous at first, but once I heard I went to Boston I was pretty happy,’ said Spooner.’I couldn’t be any happier now.’
The first order of business will be for Spooner to bulk up.
‘Obviously I’m a skill player, I’m going to work on that, but overall strength and getting a bit heavier, stuff like that,’ said Spooner who has also played with wing on occasion.
‘I’ve mostly played center, but when I played with Team Canada at times I played on the wing,’ said Spooner. ‘So I guess I can do either.’
|06.25.10 at 11:40 pm ET|
LOS ANGELES — With the first round of the NHL draft completed Friday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that the Edmonton Oilers were interested in obtaining the Bruins second pick in the draft, but not in working a potential swap that would have provided the B’s the Oilers top pick.
According to Chiarelli, Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini hoped to obtain the Bruins pick as a stand alone proposition.
‘Talks were more centered around (the Oilers) trying to get the number two pick from us,’ said Chiarelli. ‘He told me early on he was going to try and get it and he didn’t give up.’
For his part, Chiarelli is happy with the Bruins being able to draft Seguin.
‘He’s a terrific player, he’s got a terrific skill set,’ said Chiarelli. ‘He’s still growing. His improvement was tremendous over one year to the next. Very smart, terrific hockey sense.”
Chiarelli has also wasted little time suggesting Seguin will play in the NHL next season.
‘I expect he will make the team,’ he said. ‘But you never know. You remember some of the parallels in the past sort of his age and body type, a guy like (Steve) Stampkos took a while to get used to it, took him a while to get his confidence and strength. I would anticipate that line of improvement as he comes into the league.’
Rounds 2-7 of the draft continue Saturday.
|06.25.10 at 10:49 pm ET|
Charlie Coyle, a right wing from Weymouth, became the highest EJHL player to ever be drafted in the NHL when the San Jose Sharks chose him with the 28th overall pick of Friday’s NHL draft. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder is set to play for Jack Parker at Boston University next year. He is the cousin of Tony Amonte.
In 42 games for the South Shore Kings of the EJHL this past season, Coyle scored 21 goals and chipped in 42 assists for 63 points.