With the 2015 NHL draft only two weeks away the Boston Bruins need to be on the defensive side of the draft. First of all the Bruins have a decent core of young defensemen on the roster. Dave Warsofsky,Kevan Miller, Torrey Krug and Dougie Hamilton are in their early twenties.Unlike Dennis Seidenberg and Zedeno Chara these kids can rack up the minutes if needed. Krufg for example is excellent on the power play and has taken advantage of his playing time in the playoffs by being very productive especially on the power play.
In 2011 the Bruins selected defenseman Dougie Hamilton as their number one choice. Hamilton already after four years is one of the best defenseman in the league. In four years Hamilton has 22 goals 61 assist and a total of 178 points. He’s also on the most reliable players on the team.Veteran Adam McQuaid is still one of the most dependable Bruins but he to has injury problems and has missed several games in the past couple of year
Top rated defenseman in this years draft are Jakub Zboril of the Saint Joh SeaDogs. The veteran Czech Republic defenseman is probably one of the top three to come out this year. He isnoted for his strong power play presence.This is something the Bruins have sorely lacked the past couple of seasons. College prospect ZachWbrenski is one of the top college players ranked this year.He’s noted for his offensive skills and piling up lots of minutes.Also listed high isOliver Kylington off Sweeden.Kylington is noted for his two way play.Another solid prospect to keep an eye on is Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifan. Hanifan isa local product who captained team USA under 17 team.Hanifan finished the year with 23 pints third in the nation for defenseman. Hanifan played high school hockey for St. Sebastions and the Cape Cod league.
With the Bruins picking realitively lower than usual in this years defense could be the way the Bruins go.The Bruins have one of the weakest power plays in the NHL.With an aging Chara and Seidenberg the B’s need speed and youth to keep up with the Black Hawks and Lighting and Ducks.Speed and intelligent play seem to be the norm now in the NHL if you want to go deep in the playoffs.With head coach Claude Julian being retained for a ninth year a solid draft is one thing that will keep him on a long leash.