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2019 NHL mock draft 4.0: Draft Weekend is finally here

2019 NHL mock draft 4.0: Draft Weekend is finally here

For the first time in two years, the Boston Bruins head into the NHL Draft with a first-round pick at their disposal.

A year after surrendering their first-round selection in the Rick Nash trade, Don Sweeney and the B's have a prime opportunity to add a building block for the future, even if they have to wait until pick number 30 to do so.

It should be interesting to see if Boston's draft targets change based on how the postseason played out this spring. Will the Bruins put more of a premium on big, strong forward types with the ability to fight through traffic and get to the front of the net? Will they look for more speedy skating D-men in order to thwart the big, physical teams looking to push them around in this faster, skill-oriented NHL? Will they simply take the best player available and continue to show a heavy propensity for selecting college hockey players with an emphasis on securing as much local talent as they can?

If all goes well, the Bruins can add another productive first-rounder to their roster, joining players like Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak.

Joe Haggerty has been keeping track of the prospects on their way to the NHL, and now that we're on the eve of the draft, he has his final mock of the season.

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2019 NHL Mock Draft 3.0: Order now set for this weekend's draft

2019 NHL Mock Draft 3.0: Order now set for this weekend's draft

The 2018-19 NHL season didn't end the way the Bruins wanted it to, as their championship dreams were shattered in a heartbreaking Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final on home ice.

With those wounds still fresh, the B's organization needs to turn its attention to the future. Don Sweeney has decisions to make in free agency, but the clock is also ticking down to the 2019 NHL Draft, which kicks off next Friday, June 21st in Las Vegas.

It should be interesting to see if Boston's draft targets change based on how the postseason played out this spring. Will the Bruins put more of a premium on big, strong forward types with the ability to fight through traffic and get to the front of the net? Will they look for more speedy skating D-men in order to thwart the big, physical teams looking to push them around in this faster, skill-oriented NHL? Will they simply take the best player available and continue to show a heavy propensity for selecting college hockey players with an emphasis on securing as much local talent as they can?

Luckily for Sweeney, he has a first-round pick this time around after surrendering last year's selection in the Rick Nash trade.

How will things play out for the Bruins — and the rest of the league — in Friday's first round of the draft?

Here's Joe Haggerty's Mock NHL Draft 3.0.>>>>>

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2019 NHL Mock Draft 1.0: Hughes leads the way for USA Hockey

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2019 NHL Mock Draft 1.0: Hughes leads the way for USA Hockey

The countdown to the 2019 NHL Draft is officially on.

There's less than a month to go until teams gather in Vancouver to add new blood to their organizations, and with the Blues advancing to the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins, the order for the first 29 picks is set. All that remains in the first round is determining which team will get the 30th and 31st picks.

As for who will hear his name called first by the New Jersey Devils? There's little suspense there, as 18-year-old Jack Hughes, a star on the U.S. National Development Team, is a consensus top pick across the board after finishing his two-year career in the development program with 228 points in 110 games, blowing away the previous scoring record of 190 points.

But from Americans to Canadians to Europeans, there are plenty of prospects who don't know where they'll fall in the draft.

NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty will be taking a look at the field and projecting the first round leading up to next month's draft.

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