5 Massachusetts Natives the Boston Bruins Could Target In 2015 NHL Draft

By PowerPlayCJ

5 Massachusetts Natives the Boston Bruins Could Target In 2015 NHL Draft

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It seems that every year the Boston Bruins draft a Massachusetts native to add a hometown flavor to their organization -- and rightfully so, as the Bay State is one of the hockey capitals of the U.S. The B's added Matt Grzelyck, Ryan Fitzgerald and Ryan Donato in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively, and 2015 should be no different. Here are five Massachusetts natives the Bruins could target in this year’s draft.

5. Cam Askew, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

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5. Cam Askew, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

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The bruising power forward from South Boston plays like a prototypical Bruin and would be a phenomenal later round selection. I expect the Southie native to do two more seasons with the Wildcats before an AHL apprenticeship and possible tenure with the hometown team.

4. Conor Garland, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

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4. Conor Garland, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

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Askew’s teammate in Moncton was passed over in the 2014 draft because of his size but that won’t happen again. The Scituate native put up video game numbers with the Cats and has an agitating streak that reminds many (myself included) of current Bruin Brad Marchand. I view the 5-foot-7 dynamo as absolutely worth taking a flyer on; his type of offensive productivity is hard to find.

3. John Marino, South Shore Kings (USPHL)

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3. John Marino, South Shore Kings (USPHL)

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Sharing the last name with one of sports’ greatest passers is fitting for the offensive defenseman who put up really good numbers for the South Shore Kings. The big, skilled defenseman is bound for Harvard, where he’ll get as good an education on the ice as he will in the classroom playing for fellow Bay Stater and former Bruin Ted Donato.

2. Erik Foley, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)

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2. Erik Foley, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)

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Foley rose up draft charts all year, as he put together an amazing season with the Roughriders and played well beyond his 5-foot-11 frame. The Mansfield native is bound for Providence College and will put his full repertoire on display for the reigning NCAA champion Friars next year.

1. Colin White USA National Team Development Program (USHL)

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1. Colin White USA National Team Development Program (USHL)

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For a projected first-round pick, I still don’t think White gets his due as the two-way pivot from Hanover has all the tools to be a productive NHLer. With White bound for the Boston College Eagles, I expect the former Noble star to only get better before turning pro. His local ties aside, I think he’d be a solid pick for the Bruin with the No. 14 overall selection.

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