June 30, 2013

Live Blog: Bruins 2013 NHL Draft

By NEHJ Staff

The Bruins had to wait until the tail-end of the second round to make their first pick, using it on d-man Linus Arnesson. (Getty Images)

After rampant trade speculation that centered around the possibility of flipping Tyler Seguin for a high pick -- with rumors involving Calgary and Tampa Bay thrown out there -- the Bruins wound up standing pat. Their first move at the 2013 NHL Draft came as originally intended: the second-to-last pick in the second round.

60th overall - Boston has selected Swedish blueliner Linus Arnesson. He played in 31 games for Djurgardens last year, registering no goals, one assist and a minus-3 rating. Here's our Kirk Luedeke's take on the pick:


Arnesson: Good skater, size. Not flashy- more of a defensive presence. Sometimes tries to do too much- would have been higher a year ago

— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) June 30, 2013


90th overall - The Bruins grabbed another European player with their third-round draft choice, picking Lulea Jr.'s Peter Cehlarik. The Slovakian posted 8-9-17 totals in 10 games for the Swedish junior club. Here's what Kirk had to say about him recently: 

Czech native playing in Sweden isn’t the greatest skater, but is a dangerous offensive player because he has soft hands and good vision/instincts on the attack. With his size, shot and offensive upside, Cehlarik has NHL potential but the question right now is where in the draft you take a prospect who is still very much a work in progress. This is not a high-end player, but in the right organization, and with some added quickness to his first few steps, Cehlarik might develop into an interesting prospect.

120th overall - The Bruins continued their penchant for selecting local kids in the middle rounds, grabbing Ryan Fitzgerald with their third selection in the 2013 draft. The North Reading, Mass., native was a champion at Malden Catholic and won the MVP Award at the All-American Prospects Game last fall. Here's Kirk's analysis: 

150th overall - Continuing their fourth round trend of drafting local kids, the Boston Bruins have drafted 6-foot-6 defensemen Wiley Sherman (Greenwich, Conn.) in round five. The 18-year-old is a fluid skater despite his size, and has shown noticeable improvement in his defensive zone game. He'll be attending Harvard University in the fall. Here's Kirk's analysis: 

180th overall - For the third time on the night, the B's grabbed a player suiting up for a Swedish squad, selecting Anton Blidh from the Frolunda Jr. team. Blidh had 27 points in 43 games for their U-20 team. 


Word on Blidh from Bruins source is that he plays a Boston style if game. Hard-nosed, thick build. Call him an ultra-sleeper #zzzzz

— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) July 1, 2013

210th overall - Boston closed out their draft by selecting Mitchell Dempsey. The winger had his season shortened by injuries and illness, but the Bruins' scouting staff likes his hard shot and thinks he's in for a bounce-back year in the OHL in 2013-14 with Sault St. Marie.

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