A Look At The Bruins 2014 Entry Draft Picks

The Bruins didn’t make any trades. The Bruins have no cap space. The off-season looks bleak, but never say never…right? RIGHT?! Meh, this isn’t about the Bruins cap structure, this is about the NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins did pretty well over the weekend, especially with a steal.

#25 RW David Pastrnak

Chip did his homework on Pastrnak – you can read it here.

Pastrnak has most of the traits that you look for in a wing prospect.  He’s praised for his hockey sense, his hands, his speed, and – perhaps most important to Boston fans – his work ethic.  He has experience playing for the Czech Republic in all of the big world tournaments, including the WU18’s and WJC.  He’s known for a quick, quick shot, and he comes from a good hockey pedigree.  Having a father who played pro hockey in Europe probably taught David quite a bit about the dedication required to be a pro hockey player.  All in all, he’s an intriguing prospect with many things going for him.

Everyone should really read Chip’s post about Pastrnak.

#56 Ryan Donato

You’ve seen the picture floating around the Internet re: Donato right?


Yup that’s the son of former Bruin Ted Donato sitting between a #6 clad Joe Thornton and middle school aged Matt Damon Sergei Samsonov. We already mentioned he has a hockey pedigree and the 18 year old center will be suiting up for Harvard in 2015-2016. So what’s the word on Donato?

Elite Prospects:

Kirk Luedeke from New England Hockey Journal did a fantastic piece on Donato, ranking him #1 in among the New England NHL prospects.

Not as explosive a skater as his father was when he played, Donato more than compensates with his better size, excellent hands, top hockey IQ and nonstop motor/hustle. His anticipation and energy allow him to stay a step of the play, and he’s already dazzled scouts with highlight-reel goals and passes this season to build on an already impressive body of work at the prep level.

NHL’s Central Scouting’s David Gregory had this to say about Donato:

“He’s a kid with unreal hockey sense and really good with the puck. He’s one of those skilled offensive guys with good size. He can play physical and in traffic and not be dominated. His first step quickness will have to improve in order to advance up the ladder.” – NHL’s Central Scouting’s David Gregory.

Jesse Marshall of Faceoff Factor, another hockey guy who I put in the same class as Kirk Leudeke (as in I respect the hell out of both of them), also tweeted this:

So it seems that the Bruins scouting department got this one right.

#114 Danton Heinen

The BCHL Surrey Eagles’ captain was drafted in the fourth round by the Bruins. He’s already committed to playing for the University of Denver in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. The 18 year old forward put up 61 points (29 goals, 32 assists) in 57 games for the Eagles.

#146 Anders Bjork

Bjork is a 17 year old who plays both the center and left wing position. He is committed to playing for the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

SB Nation’s Chris Dilks wrote this about Bjork in January 2014:

Hard-working two-way forward. Not exciting, but can play both ends of the ice really well.

#206 Emil Johansson

The 18 year old defenseman from Sweden will be wearing the C for SuperElit’s HV71 J20.

Elite Prospects scouting:

Johansson is a mid-sized blueliner who moves the puck well. He’s not tall but does have some strength and skates well with good overall mobility which aids his puck moving talents. He keeps his head up and reads the play well. (August 2013)

Hockey’s Future:

Johansson is a good-sized blueliner who is only getting bigger. Generally has decent puck-possession instincts and can make a solid first pass. In the defensive zone, he looks to cut off oncoming forwards along the boards and in the corners. He’s also not shy to use his weight to dish out checks in front of his own goal. When Johansson is playing cool and collective, he’s a heady player who shows a good understanding for the game.

Johansson is not projected to be much of an offensive defenseman, as he tends to get into trouble when being too active or creative from a puck-rushing standpoint, even if he does have good mobility. Could stand to shoot more from the point and seems to generally have shied away from taking too many chances.

Boston did not have a pick in the third or sixth round this year. The third round pick went to Philadelphia as part of the Andrej Meszaros trade while the sixth round pick was part of the Wade Redden trade with St. Louis.


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