As I had hoped, the Bruins got a defensemen. A pretty damned good one. A good sized one. What’s not to love? He’s about the same size as Adam McQuaid, was ranked 4th overall by Central Scouting, and has a huge shot. He’s not quite perfect, with some holes still in his defensive game, but I somehow doubt Bruins fans will be disappointed to see him in a year or two. He’s a right handed shot, so when he does land in Boston, playing him with Chara is possible on the powerplay. He projects as a top two defenseman, but will need a little time to develop. I don’t expect him to land in Boston this fall, and even next is bit of a stretch but god damn it’ll be fun to watch.
I was hugely shocked that the teams who desperately needed a solid defenseman ahead of the Bruins didn’t take him. They showed Peter Chiarelli walk up to the podium, and was smiling as much as when they won the Cup. I think he was even more surprised than I was, and I’m reasonably certain the thought going through his head at getting a high end defenseman that low was something like “suckers”.
You can bet he’ll be at the Bruins prospect camp in a couple weeks.