Peter Chiarelli doesn’t expect ‘magic’ in draft
|06.23.11 at 8:39 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday in Minnesota that he does not expect the team to do anything crazy movement-wise with the ninth overall pick in Friday’s draft. The team holds a top-10 pick for the second consecutive year thanks to the Phil Kessel trade. After selecting Tyler Seguin a season ago with the second overall pick, Chiarelli said he doesn’t envision the team picking that high again.
“I don’t think there will be any magic for us tomorrow,” Chiarelli said. “We’re picking nine, I’d say there’s, maybe after three or four, there’s a real good group of another eight, and there’s a good batch of defenseman, there’s a good batch of wingers and there’s a good batch of centermen. So we’re pretty content where we are and we’ll see where it goes. Oftentimes, players that you have ranked below your group go in and really good players drop and go last.”
Chiarelli said he doesn’t expect the player they take with the ninth pick to crack the lineup as a rookie, but noted that there’s always the possibility that an NHL-ready prospect could fall, a la Cam Fowler a season ago.
“You never say never about a player being able to play that’s drafted that low,” he said. “My guess is [the player won’t make the team], to say no, just my knowledge of the players that I think will be available. There may be one that can play that may drop to us but that’s, you know, that would be a huge bonus and it’s just more about getting the right player and starting to develop him.”
The Bruins also have a high second-round pick, as they’ll choose 40th overall with Minnesota’s selection.
“I think it’s a fairly deep draft,” Chiarelli said. “… There’s no definitive number one and that runs deep through the first five or six I think. And you know I’d say it’s a good round and a half as far as guys that you’re excited to get these players, guys that you really feel strong with playing and maybe turning into something. I think it’s a good round and a half.”
The Bruins’ GM has spoken to the agent for Tomas Kaberle, but has not spoken with Michael Ryder’s agent. Kaberle and Ryder are both unrestricted free agents. He did confirm that Tuukka Rask will be getting knee surgery and that Milan Lucic will have his nose reset this offseason.