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Bruins select defenseman Ryan Button with third-round pick

06.27.09 at 11:45 am ET

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:

‘€œButton 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 Team: Edmonton Oilers

NHL Player: Scott Niedermayer 

Shootout move: ‘€œSpin-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


Book: Night by Elie Wiesel

Pump-up song: ‘€œKick 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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