By: Erin Walsh
Player: Jack Studnicka
Drafted: 53rd overall by Bruins (Round 2)
Height/Weight: 6’0/171 lbs
Birthplace: Tecumseh, ON, CAN
Recent Affiliation: Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Studnicka has played two seasons for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League(OHL). In his first season with the Generals, Studnicka only scored 4 goals and recorded 22 assists for 26 points in 62 games. This is not anything special, Studnicka really had to grow his game to get noticed by NHL scouts. Studnicka redeemed himself this past season scoring 18 goals and recording 34 assists for 52 points in 64 games. What really boosted Studnicka’s draft stock was his postseason with the Generals. He scored 5 goals and recorded 11 assists for 15 points in 11 games, helping the Generals win round one over Sudbury.
Jack doesn’t have much international experience, but he did play for Canada in the U18 World Junior Championship potting 3 goals in 3 games. Central scouting wasn’t very nice to Studnicka, ranking him #120 in their final rankings. The Draft Analyst ranked Studnicka as the 52nd best player entering the 2017 draft. This is definitely a big jump from where Central Scouting ranked him.
Studnicka puts as much attention on defense as he does on offense. He takes key faceoffs and can play in all situations. He is a very good skater, has strong puck handling skills and has great vision with the ability to make great plays.
This is an alright pick for the Boston Bruins. Studnicka sounds like he could be a Patrice Bergeron type player, and who best to learn from than Patrice himself? Studnicka has a long way to go, but the Bruins will help him develop nicely.
Player: Jeremy Swayman
Drafted: 111th overall by Bruins (Round 4)
Height/Weight: 6’2/187 lbs
Birthplace: Anchorage, AK, USA
Recent Affiliation: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Jeremy Swayman is a US born goaltender who played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League(USHL). In 32 games played with the Stampede, Swayman had a 2.90 GAA and a .914 SV% which is not bad at all. Swayman is committed to play at the University of Maine in 2017-18. Swayman is big, athletic and is very competitive. He works very hard and is a very confident goaltender.
This is a pretty good pick for the Boston Bruins. The B’s absolutely needed to draft a goaltender this year considering Malcolm Subban didn’t work out too well for them. With Zane McIntyre almost ready to make the jump to the NHL to be the Bruins backup goaltender, the B’s needed to acquire someone who they can rely on. If Malcolm Subban ever gets traded, Providence would probably have both Dan Vladar and Jeremy Swayman to turn to. Swayman will fit well with the Bruins because he is big, confident, and competitive.
Player: Cedric Pare
Drafted: 173rd overall by Bruins (Round 6)
Height/Weight: 6’2/204 lbs
Birthplace: Levis, QC, Canada
Recent Affiliation: Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Cedric Pare was ranked 146th in the Central Scouting Ranking. In 2016-17 Pare scored 5 goals and recorded 11 assists for 16 points in 64 games with the Sea Dogs. He is a big bodied centerman with skill who can play a solid 200 ft game. Pare is not afraid to go into the corners and hit other players. He is also a pretty tough guy with a great presence in front of the net. He has a great compete level and isn’t afraid to jump on a loose puck. He is an average skater whose presence is known on the ice. It seems as though he could be a possible 4th liner in the NHL.
This is an alright pick for the Bruins. It seems as though they want to draft a couple of more big-bodied tough kids and that is what Pare gives you. Pare definitely has to continue to grow his game, but hopefully this turns out to be a good pick for the B’s.
Player: Victor Berglund
Drafted: 195th overall by Bruins (Round 7)
Height/Weight: 5’11/159 lbs
Birthplace: Ornskoldsvik, SWE
Recent Affiliation: Modo Hockey (Allsvenskan)
Victor Berglund is a Swedish defenseman who has recently played for Modo Hockey in Sweden. Berglund scored 5 goals and tallied 10 assists for 15 points in 37 games played. Berglund was a +14 which is great for a guy that is only 5’11. Obviously this player has a lot of room to grow and get stronger.
This is a pretty good pick for the Bruins, he could turn out to be similar to Torey Krug which would be great for Boston! I do not know much about this player but I am hoping to learn more about him as the years go on.
Player: Daniel Bukac
Drafted: 204th by Bruins (Round 7)
Height/Weight: 6’5/187 lbs
Birthplace: Most, CZE
Recent Affiliation: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Daniel Bukac is a Czech defenseman who plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League(WHL). This past season, Bukac scored 2 goals and recorded 15 assists for 17 points in 72 games played. Bukac also had 38 penalty minutes in those 72 games played. Bukac has a very high hockey IQ and is a very effective puck moving defenseman. He is a pretty good skater for a man his size and his long stride helps him get to the puck faster than opponents. He is able to get his stick in passing lanes and break up plays very well. Overall he needs to get stronger and quicker but that will come with time.
This is a pretty good pick for the Bruins in the seventh round of the draft. Bukac looks like he will turn into a great young defenseman and the Bruins will grow to love him. He knows how to compete and will do anything to improve his game.
Overall, these picks by Don Sweeney were pretty good. The Bruins are looking to improve in areas all over the ice and with these picks the Bruins future is even brighter than it was. I’d like to welcome all of these guys to Boston, we’re very excited to have you!