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Boston.com: One thing to know about each member of the Bruins' 2019 draft class
The Boston Bruins busy offseason is officially underway.
Following a quick turnaround from Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, Don Sweeney and Boston's front office headed to the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver looking to fill some holes in the lineup. The team's brass put a heavy emphasis on their forward depth, selecting a center or winger with four of their five selections this weekend.
Here's what you should know about the newest Bruins prospects.<strong>John Beecher (30th overall) -- A bit of a reach.</strong>
John Beecher has some wheels, huh?
Fansided: Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara wins Slovakian Player of the Year award
For the sixth time in his career, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has been named the best hockey player in Slovakia. It was rather a clear choice for all the Slovak media and fans, after he almost led the Bruins to Stanley Cup glory, even with the broken jaw.
It would have been a perfect ending for a warrior like Zdeno Chara to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career. Regardless of the less than positive end result, it was one heck of a story for both him and his Boston Bruins.
Fansided: Boston Bruins select Matias Mantykivi 185th overall in 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Now, whilst a sixth round pick is generally a throw of the dice, there have been plenty of talented players that did make it to the NHL, despite being sixth round picks. Matias Mantykivi was a good pick-up, being from the hockey hotbed that is Finland these days, and not only that, the Boston Bruins have to use the NHL Entry Draft to address organisational needs, the current one being a lack of decent depth down the middle.
Whether Matias Mantykivi ends up panning out for them is a big question. Chances are even if he does, he's going to be your atypical bottom-six kind of guy.
Stanley Cup of Chowder: Analyzing how Torey Krug contributes offensively
Torey Krug has one year remaining on the four-year, $21 million contract he signed June 30, 2016. In the time since, Krug is 5th among defensemen in regular season points at 163. While he's expressed his interest in returning, until pen touches paper on a new contract, he will be the center of media speculation in Boston. Every move he makes will be analyzed, down to the number of times he tweets Marchand.
Moneyball is one of my favorite movies. It brought us a lot of great scenes and quotes. While the 2002 Oakland A's could not afford Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon because the team was poor, the speculation is that the Bruins might struggle to keep Torey Krug because of cap concerns with Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle's contracts being up after the 2019-20 season as well.
Fansided: Boston Bruins: PK Subban headed to town for home opener against Devils
For the Boston Bruins, it will be the chance to turn over a new page, shake the upset of their Stanley Cup Final defeat and re-focus on a whole new regular season.
They'll do so against a New Jersey Devils outfit only one year removed from making the play-offs on the back of Taylor Hall's impressive form, that has added a game-changing player with the first overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft in Jack Hughes and followed it up by giving away what amounted essentially to scraps in return for defenseman P.
Fansided: Boston Bruins: Salary cap increase means something has got to give
Heading into this off-season, the biggest deal the Boston Bruins need to renew is that of young stud defenseman, Charlie McAvoy who has more than proven his worth, often alongside Zdeno Chara, who has already re-signed with the Bruins at a significantly lower cost, no doubt to help retain his first pairing partner.
Beyond that restricted free agency deal that absolutely must be done, you've got new deals expected by Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen; both of who you'd have to view as vital renewals for the long-term stability of the Boston Bruins' side.
Fansided: Boston Bruins: There is still hope for ditching the David Backes contract
If we've seen anything in recent days though, it is that big contracts, even ones with non-trade clauses and cap hits far beyond the player's present value, can be moved. The Boston Bruins, should they want to rid themselves of the David Backes deal, just need to find the right suitor.
Look to recent trades; PK Subban departed the Nashville Predators, complete with his $9 million cap hit for the next three seasons for what the New Jersey Devils will view as an absolute bargain price; Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies and two second-round picks.
Fansided: Boston Bruins select Jake Schmaltz 192nd overall in 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Jake Schmaltz was actually in the middle of his graduation party when he got the call to say the Boston Bruins had picked up his NHL rights in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Double the reason to celebrate for the native of Wisconsin.
At 6'1'', he has some height on his side, but his frame is slender to say the least topping the scales at just 167lbs. Seems that Jake Schmaltz may have to hit the weight room if he wants to step up into professional hockey, that or risk being easily pushed around.
That will no doubt occur in time too, as he is following the seemingly preferred route of the Boston Bruins organisation; heading to the NCAA to work on his game and continue his studies.
Stanley Cup of Chowder: Bruins select Quinn Olson 92nd overall
With the 92nd selection in the NHL Draft, the Bruins picked Quinn Olson, of the Okotoks Oilers, who is a University of Minnesota-Duluth commit.
Here are his stats:Quinn Olson Statistics:
Welcome Quinn to the Boston Bruins!
Stanley Cup of Chowder: NHL announces a lower-than-expected salary cap for next season
The NHL, being the hilarious league that it is, headed into its draft without a set salary cap for the upcoming season. This means that teams looking to make trades on the draft floor had to do so without knowing their max salary number, which is...not ideal.
Of course, the teams could estimate, but that's beside the point: it's absurd that it took the league and the NHLPA this long to set a number.
Regardless, we have a number now: the 2019-2020 salary cap will be $81.5 million, with the salary floor being $60.2 million.
The cap figure is around $1.
Boston.com: 3 things Bruins fans should know about 1st-round pick John Beecher
The NHL Draft returned north of the border for the first time in a decade Friday in Vancouver. But the league's annual selection meeting had an American flair to this year's festivities.
Beginning with top overall pick Jack Hughes, a record eight first-round selections came from the U.S. National Development Team. The Bruins joined in on the American fun after selecting John Beecher with the 30th overall pick.
His offensive stats weren't anything to write home about, as Beecher produced 43 points in 63 games during his 2018-19 season. But the Bruins brass sees plenty of upside in the 6-foot-3 forward from Elmira, New York.
#NHLBruins Assistant GM Scott Bradley recaps the 2019 NHL draft: https://t.co/AzlIOLEY5C
Boston.com: Bruins select Quinn Olson in 3rd round of NHL Draft
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Quinn Olson, a left winger from Alberta, was the Bruins' second pick in the NHL Draft, selected in the third round Saturday with the 92nd overall pick.
Olson, 6 feet and 175 pounds, did not attend the draft here at the Rogers Arena and was not immediately available for comment.
Olson, 18, played this past season for the Okotoks Oilers (20-46-66) in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and will return there for the upcoming season. He has committed to the University of Minnsota-Duluth for the following season.
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Maple Leafs and Kasperi Kapanen getting closer
Chris Johnston: "It sounds like Kasperi Kapanen and the #leafs are getting closer on an extension."
Maple Leafs and Andreas Johnsson's camp meet
Darren Dreger: "Told Leafs gm Kyle Dubas met with Jarrett Bousquet, agent for Andreas Johnsson today. More discussions to come."
Golden Knights and William Karlsson talks progressing
Pierre LeBrun: "There's been much progress in talks between William Karlsson's camp and the Golden Knights and barring a last-minute hiccup I think we'll see a long-term deal wrapped up in the next week or two for the top-line forward"
Avs-Canucks trade talks continue
Adrian Dater: "More buzz I'm hearing about Barrie and Canucks.
The moment @JohnWbeecher became a Bruin. #NHLBruins https://t.co/q4rrXxN8UM