With just one pick among the top 90 selections, the Boston Bruins weren't expected to be a major player at the 2019 NHL Draft.
But how did they fare with those limited resources? Depends on who you ask.
The Bruins left Vancouver with five selections, led by No. 30 overall pick John Beecher, an 18-year-old center out of the U.S. National Team Development Program. They didn't pick again until the third round, landing Minnesota-Duluth wing Quinn Nelson at No. 92, then added a Russian defenseman, a Finnish forward and a USHL forward prospect in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.
The national media didn't have many glowing things to say about the Bruins' draft crop. While some outlets saw promise in Beecher, others believe Boston reached for the big center, and most writers weren't impressed with the club's picks in the later rounds.
This never figured to be a high-impact draft for the B's, who will look to free agency and trades to re-tool their roster. But let's check out what the experts thought of Boston's haul.
Quote of Note: "Not having a second-round pick might lead a team to reach a little if they have a late first. That seemed to be the case with the Bruins and Beecher. ... I don't think the Bruins made an especially big impact on their prospect pool with their later picks."
Sporting News: B
Quote of Note: "Although they mostly avoided pure finishers or playmakers, GM Don Sweeney and staff deserve credit for making something out of the few picks they had, and identifying speed and mobility as important characteristics of their draftees."
The Athletic: C-minus
Quote of Note: "A lot of scouts debated John Beecher, but I’m buying on him as a potential very solid third-line player and fine value at No. 30. The Bruins took some shots the rest of the draft, but I think a lot were long shots."
Bleacher Report: C-plus
Quote of Note: "Beecher looks like a strong future pick because he has excellent size at 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, and he is a tremendous skater."
Puck Prose: D-plus
Quote of Note: "There were better players to be had at the end of the first round than Beecher. The Bruins only had two picks in the top 100, so this was always going to be a rough draft from them."
Quote of Note: "Boston didn’t have another pick (after Beecher) until the third round when the club selected Quinn Olson at 92nd overall. Most pundits believe the Bruins reached with this selection."
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