I kind of want to clarify why I’m concerned about this.
It is great to have 9 picks in the top 2 rounds in the next two years, and I’m thrilled the B’s have this much ammunition. Some of these picks were likely going to be moved for players, but now it seems like that will wait to next season’s deadline or this offseason.
The Toronto pick is great, with the potential to be top 3. Ideally, it would be number 1 or 2 so the B’s could select Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin to help their offense. If the B’s get the number three pick, drafting a potential franchise defenseman would be great, but it wouldn’t help this teams need, offense.
Aside from the Toronto pick, which never would have been included in a Kovalchuk trade anyways now that we know what he was dealt for is what worries me. The other 3 first round picks are likely to be in the teens or twenties, and the Bruins haven’t drafted that well in the 1st round, with Shaone Morrisonn, Mark Stuart and Phil Kessel as the only notable first rounders to have done something in the NHL. In the 2nd round, it is a pure crapshoot. They have drafted some nice guys like Bergeron, Lucic and Krejci, but there have been plenty of nobodies.
My main worry is that this team is not at a point where they are consistent basement dwellers to draft low and rebuild like other franchises such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington. This organization isn’t one of the top drafting teams in the league either. Aside from the Toronto pick, I’m expecting not much from these picks. Maybe one good player in the 2nd round and a decent guy in the 1st.
I’m not saying don’t build through the draft, but when people say that it usually means suck really bad for years and then be good. Sorry to say, it’s called 5th and 7th overall two consecutive years, and we have nothing to show for it right now.