Boston becomes first team in 47 years to make three straight 1st-round picks
SUNRISE -- Boston Bruins fans won’t soon forget the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
In addition to dealing away prized young defenseman Dougie Hamilton and power forward Milan Lucic, the Bruins also made some history on Friday night, becoming the first team to make three consecutive first-round picks since the Montreal Canadiens did it in 1968.
With the 13th selection, acquired from Los Angeles in the Lucic trade, Boston took QMJHL Saint John defenseman Jakub Zboril. The Czech-born skater finished third among d-men in Quebec league scoring this year, and is regarded as a good offensive blueline prospect.
With the 14th pick, a familiar name -- Jake DeBrusk, son of former NHLer Louie DeBrusk. The 19th-ranked North American skater, DeBrusk is coming off a terrific offensive campaign with WHL Swift Current and finished tied for sixth in the league in goalscoring, with 42.
Pick 15 (acquired from Calgary) was something of a surprise, as the B’s selected Zachary Senyshyn from OHL Sault Ste Marie. The 38th-ranked North American skater -- up from 56 at the midterm -- Senyshyn wasn’t on a lot of first-round mock drafts but did finish second among Ontario Hockey League rookies in goals (26) and points (45) before being named to the League’s Second All-Rookie Team this year.
All told, the Bruins replenished their prospect pool in a major way. Zboril, DeBrusk and Senyshyn will join a group that includes last year’s impressive rookie, David Pastrnak, Swedish d-man Linus Arnesson and ’12 first-rounder Malcolm Subban.