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Bruins select defenseman Ryan Button with third-round pick

06.27.09 at 11:45 am ET
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The Bruins seem to have made up for their lack of a second-round pick with their selection of Ryan Button in the third round. With the 86th overall pick, the Bruins took the 18-year-old defenseman from Edmonton.

Many expected Button to go in the second round, but of course anything can happen in the draft. The 6-foot, 185-pound lefty enjoyed a successful 2008-09 season for the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders. In 70 games, Button recorded five goals and 32 assists, leading the team’s defensemen in the latter.

Button has excellent mobility and skating skills. Scouts and coaches say they like Button’s leadership qualities and the effort he consistently exerts. According to one scouting blogger, Button only threw down his gloves three times last year, but in each instance he was defending a teammate.

The NHL scouting report said the following about Button:

“Button skates and plays the game with so much composure for a young player. His passes and movement around the rink are excellent. He uses his defensive partner well and he’s a team player that can buy time and space with his smarts for the game.”

Here’s a few personality tidbits on Caron’s likes, dislikes and favorite things courtesy of his prospect page at NHL.com:

NHL Team: Edmonton Oilers

NHL Player: Scott Niedermayer 

Shootout move: “Spin-O-Rama”

Goal celebration: Jumping into the boards

Video Game: NHL ‘09

Movie: Superbad

Reality Show: The Apprentice

Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

Cartoon: Family Guy

Website: NHL.com

Book: Night by Elie Wiesel

Pump-up song: “Kick Start My Heart” by Motley Crue

Restaurant: Moxies

Sport (other than hockey): Football

Place to visit: Dominican Republic

Snack: Apples

Superhero: Spider Man 

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