The 2013 NHL Draft has come and gone. A few teams made some splash, but for the Boston Bruins, it was all about getting the “best player available” according to coach Claude Julien as he talked to reporters afterwards.
The Bruins’ draft selections consisted of six players, two defensemen and four forwards. It was expected the Bruins would draft heavy on offense considering the great, young talent that is currently rising through the ranks on defense. However, it was not expected that Boston would draft so heavily on Sweedish players with a total of three.
They also drafted two Americans, one a native of North Reading, MA and one Canadian. Although the Bruins did not have a first-round pick, the draft went well given the talent level coming in. Here are a few standouts from the draft:
The first pick of the Bruins was Linus Arnesson from the Swedish Junior League team Djurgarden. The 18-year old is 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds. The most impressive feat on his resume is the silver medal from the World Junior Championships earned while playing for Sweden.
The Bruins’ second pick was forward Peter Cehlarik of the Lulea Junior team of the Swedish Junior League, with some experience in the Swedish Elite League. During his time there, he scored 17 goals in 38 games while tallying up a remarkable 37 points. Also, he is from teammate Zedeno Chara‘s home country of Slovakia.
The hometown favorite of the draft is forward Ryan Fitzgerald of North Reading, MA. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder comes out of the Valley Junior Warriors in the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He recorded 14 goals and 30 points in 28 games.
Fitzgerald has some ties with the Bruins organization already. His uncle is the Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting for the Bruins. Also, he is the son of Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald.