Believe it or not the Bruins former GM Peter Chiarelli had a huge hand in shaping the Bruins roster for this season. Chiarelli’s last draft for the Bruins was in 2014 and he did a really good job. Outside of that draft year he didn’t do all too much for the Bruins, but here were his selections that year and what their impact will be for the Bruins.
First Round 25th Overall : David Pastrnak
I shouldn’t have to tell you that Pasta is an absolute stud. The kid has proven that every step of the way and he has 193 points in his young NHL career. Pasta hasn’t even hit his prime yet and he has back to back 70 point seasons at the age of 21. He is set to be a staple on the Bruins first line for the foreseeable future and was signed to a great team friendly contract this offseason with an 6 year deal for 40 million dollars. That cap hit is only 6.66 million a season. The top line of Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak will be together for a long time and hopefully they continue to produce in the regular season and the playoffs.
Second Round 56th Overall : Ryan Donato
Ryan Donato is one game into his NHL career and he already looks good. The guy picked up three points in his NHL debut against the Blue Jackets on Monday night. Three points in a debut is a quick way to get yourself endeared to fans. Donato is part of the fast rebuild the Bruins have put together. Donato chose to forego his senior year at Harvard to join a Bruins team that was in need of players, but in his three season at Harvard Donato racked up 104 points in his 97 games. Oh yeah also he racked up goals in the Olympics this year and proved he can handle a big stage and big moments Donato will be a huge part of the Bruins future and I’m all in on it the guy has a ripper of a shot and he’s not afraid to shoot.
Third Round Pick : Traded Away for Andrej Meszaros
Not the greatest move by Chiarelli but it was a reasonable price to pay for a depth defenseman that they needed that season. Meszaros didn’t fit into the Bruins long term plans and they did not resign him. The Flyers selected Mark Friedman at that spot and he has yet to play an NHL game.
Fourth Round Pick 116th Overall : Danton Heinen
Oh look another guy that has made huge contributions for the Bruins, nice. Heinen was something of a mystery coming into this season and I didn’t expect him to contribute as much as he has. Heinen has played up and down the lineup and has found a home on the third line (when everyone is healthy). Heinen has put together 42 points this year, that’s 8th in rookie scoring for a guy who was drafted in the fourth round that’s pretty damn good. Heinen is a guy that will be a top 9 forward consistently but he has the potential to push into the top 6. He’s a big bodied forward and isn’t afraid to use his body to get to the dirty areas and score goals.
Fifth Round Pick 146th Overall : Anders Bjork
Bjork unfortunately was hit with the injury bug this year is out for the rest of the year with shoulder injury. That being said when Bjork was healthy he played 30 games for the Bruins and picked up 12 points. Bjork was inconsistent in his time with the Bruins this year but he’s a rookie so expecting perfection seems ridiculous other guys went through rough patches this year too. For a fifth round pick Bjork is likely to see top 6 minutes when healthy and he spent time on the first line earlier this year. Bjork was a stud in college and picked up 109 points in 115 games before leaving after his junior year to join the Bruins.
Sixth Round Pick : Traded Away for Wade Redden
During the 2013 season the Bruins dealt this pick for an aging veteran in Wade Redden. Redden helped the Bruins during their run for the cup but was never a major factor. Overall this was a solid deal by Chiarelli for a depth defenseman with tons of experience. The St. Louis blues selected Sammy Blais who has done well in the AHL and seen a handful of games for the Blues in the NHL
Seventh Round Pick 206th Overall : Emil Johansson
Johansson is the only player on this list who hasn’t made it to the NHL, not shocking for a seventh round pick. Johansson has spent the whole season in Providence and plays as a defensive minded defenseman. Anything past the fifth round in the NHL draft is a crap shoot. If Johansson stays in the AHL his whole career that’s fine but if he finds away to contribute at the NHL level then Chiarelli looks even better for the Bruins.
Those are all the picks made in that 2014 draft by the Bruins, most of them have seen NHL action and will continue to be a big part of the Bruins future. Never thought I’d be happy about Chiarelli’s draft choices but he nailed the 2014 draft there’s no doubt about that.
– Written By Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)