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BOSTON (CBS) – The Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins head into Friday night’s NHL Draft in Minnesota with six draft picks. Here is what they have, and how they got the picks.
- 9th overall (acquired from Toronto in Phil Kessel trade)
The Bruins are still reaping the benefits from sending Phil Kessel to Toronto. Not only were they able to draft Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, they also have the 9th pick in the 2011 draft.
Most mock drafts have Boston going after another defenseman, with names like Nathan Beaulieu and Ryan Murphy on most of the lists. Both are good passers and could help the Bruins on the power play in the future. Dougie Hamilton is another name to keep an eye on, but it is doubtful the 6-4 blue liner will be around for the ninth pick.
The Bruins are in a great spot to add another young defenseman to their farm system, and possibly a player that can be up with the big club within the next year or two.
The Bruins own first round pick (30th overall) was sent to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle.
Past First Rounders: 2010- C Tyler Seguin 2nd Overall; 2009- RW Jordan Caron 25th Overall; 2008 LW Joe Colborne (traded to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle); 2007- C Zach Hamill 8th Overall; 2006- RW Phil Kessel 5th Overall (traded to Toronto in 2009)
- 40th overall (acquired from Minnesota for Chuck Kobasew)
The Bruins own second round pick (61st overall) went to the Ottawa Senators in the Chris Kelly trade. The B’s still own the 40th pick thank to the Chuck Kobasew trade to Minnesota in 2009.
Past Second Rounders: 2010- C Jared Knight 32nd Overall, C Ryan Spooner 45th Overall; 2008- C Maxime Sauve 47th Overall; 2007 D Tommy Cross 35th Overall; 2006- LW Milan Lucic 50th Overall; 2004- C David Krejci 63rd Overall; 2003- C Patrice Bergeron 45th Overall
- 81st overall (acquired from Phoenix for Derek Morris)
The Bruins sent their own third round pick (91st overall) to Florida in the Nathan Horton trade, but actually have a better pick from trading Derek Morris to Phoenix in 2010.
Past Third Rounders: 2009- D Ryan Button 86th Overall; 2008-G Michael Hutchinson 77th Overall; 2006- LW Brad Marchand 71st Overall
The Bruins have their own picks in the fourth (121st), fifth (151st) and sixth (181st) rounds. They do not have a seventh round pick after swapping it with Chicago in 2010 for the 210th pick, used to draft defenseman Zach Trotman.
Past Fourth-Sixth Rounders: 2010- LW Craig Cunningham 4th Rd, 97th Overall; 2008- C Jamie Arniel 4th Rd, 97th Overall; 2005 C Vladimir Sobotka 4th Rd, 106th Overall; 2005 C Wacey Rabbit 5th Rd, 154th
Rounds 2-7 of the 2011 NHL Draft will be held on Saturday, June 25.
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