The 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft has officially concluded in Chicago, Illinois. Last night, the Bruins drafted a Finnish defenseman with the 18th overall selection, for a writeup on him, click HERE.
Early today, the remainder of the draft concluded and the Bruins added five more prospects to their pool. Without a 3rd and 5th round pick, the Bruins had the 53rd overall, 111th overall, 173rd overall, 195th overall and 204th overall pick.
53rd Overall – 2nd Round – C Jack Studnicka
The Bruins opened Saturday night with the 53rd selection. After choosing a blueliner in the first round, Boston moved to the forward core for the next pick. Don Sweeney and company chose center Jack Studnicka from the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.
The 6’1″, 170 pound, 18-year-old recorded 18 goals and 52 points in 64 games in the regular season with the Generals last year. However, it was the playoffs when he seemed to excel. In the 11 playoff games this past season, he put up 5-10-15 totals. Most projections had Studnicka going in the third round tops, but as usual, the Bruins management enjoy picking players early. That seems to be the case with this choice as well.
According to The Hockey Writers’ Mark Scheig, who watched Studnicka many times in the OHL, says that the speed of Jack Studnicka is something to note. He claims that the first step of Studnicka is something to admire and once he gets to top speed, it’s hard to stop him. Scheig also noted that the defensive play of Jack was impressive as well. Winning faceoffs in his own end, being a solid penalty killer and being on the ice in high-pressure situations. However, he does need to work on his consistency and add some muscle, but according to Scheig, that is about it. Here are some quotations regarding Studnicka.
“Studnicka has good size – although adding bulk will be key for him. He is an excellent skater who has an explosive first step and decent top end speed who can change direction with ease. He possesses very good vision with high-quality playmaking skills with an ability to set up his teammates. His shot is underrated in my opinion. His release is deceptive and accurate and he puts every shot on goal with a purpose. Studnicka can be elusive in the offensive zone. He can break away from coverage almost undetected and put himself into scoring positions. He has very good puck skills and strong possession skills. Although he needs to add some muscle, he will not shy away from the hard areas. Once he gets stronger, it will become an area where he wins more often than he loses because of it – and his work ethic.” – Dominic Tiano
For the full review of Jack Studnicka, click HERE.
111th Overall – 4th Round – G Jeremy Swayman
The Bruins decided to draft a goaltender with their third pick in the 2017 draft, in the fourth round.
The Anchorage, Alaska native played the past season in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede. He struggled in the 32 games he played, going 7-18-3 with a goals against average of 2.90 and a save percentage of 0.914.
Swayman already has some chemistry with another Bruin prospect, Jack Becker who was drafted 195th overall (Round 7) in last year’s entry draft. Swayman said the following to bostonbruins.com about his personal play style.
“I’m just kind of an active goalie, challenging the player instead of staying back in the crease,” Swayman said. “I also use my size to my ability too, especially for those point shots. Kind of having the blocking mentality instead of kind of going small and shrinking down.”
According to the NHL Central Scouting, Swayman was the 12th-ranked North American goaltender heading into the draft.
173rd Overall – 6th Round – C Cedric Pare
The Bruins didn’t have that 5th overall pick this year, but they did have a sixth round selection and they decided to choose Cedric Pare, a centerman from Levis, Quebec, Canada.
During the 2016-17 campaign, Cedric Pare played with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League along with fellow Bruin prospect, Jakub Zboril. In 64 contests this past season, Pare finished with 5-11-16 totals and a -6 rating. He added 3 points in 18 playoff games as well as 2 goals in 4 games during the Memorial Cup.
The 6’2″, 205 pound Pare plays a big, physical style according to Joe Haggerty.
195th Overall – 7th Round – D Victor Berglund
The second-last pick of the two-day draft for the B’s was Swedish defenseman, Victor Berglund.
The 17-year-old is a right-handed defenseman who played the last 37 games with MODO Hockey J20 in the SuperElit league. There, he 5-10-15 totals along with a +14 rating.
Berglund can obviously put on some muscle, at only being 159 pounds, but he could bring offensive talent to the roster if he ends up playing with the black and gold at some point.
204th Overall – 7th Round – D Daniel Bukac
The very last pick of this year’s entry draft for the Boston Bruins was Daniel Bukac out of Brandon in the Western Hockey League.
The 6’4″, 185 pound d-man played in a total of 72 games last year with the Brandon Wheat Kings, producing 2-15-17 totals and an even +/- rating. Bukac recently participated in the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, where he tallied one assist in five games during the tournament.
Boston adds more size to the blueline with this choice.
Obviously, nothing is certain when it comes to the future projections of these young hockey athletes, but they do have potential. Only time will tell whether or not anyone of these players will become NHL players.