The Boston Bruins will have to wait a little while before making their first selection in the 2014 Entry Draft tomorrow night in Philadelphia. But that's the price of sustained success. Picking in the top-ten is fun, but there's a reason why those teams are picking there: they aren't very good.
Being at #25, the Bruins will have some time to sit around and let teams in front of them have the pick of the litter from the pool of prospects available. When it comes to Boston's turn, who will they grab?
The goal should be to draft and develop a wing player that can blossom into a dynamic scorer for the club in a year or two, something that general manger Peter Chiarelli has been unable to do during his time in Boston.
Here's a couple of players the Bruins could draft at #25. And if we hit on one of these, consider us to be on that Nostradamus action, boss.
Alex Tuch, Right Wing, USNTDP (USHL) Height: 6' 4" Weight: 213 pounds
|Alex Tuch (via thehockeynews.com)|
Jakub Vrana, Center, Linkoping (SHL) Height: 5' 11" Weight: 172 pounds
|Jakub Vrana (via hockeysfuture.com)|
Dylan Larkin, Center, USNTDP (USHL) Height: 6' 1" Weight: 190
|Dylan Larkin (via propuckprospects.com)|
Adrian Kempe, Right Wing, MODO (SHL) Height: 6' 1" Weight: 178
|Adrian Kempe (via thehockeywriters.com)|
Nikita Scherbak, Left Wing, Saskatoon Blades, (WHL) Height: 6' 0" Weight: 172 pounds
|Nikita Scherbak (via twopadstack.com)|
Nikolay Goldobin, Right Wing, Sarnia Sting (OHL) Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185 pounds
|Nikolay Goldobin (via islesnation.com)|
Anton Karlsson, Right Wing, Frolunda Jr., (SWE-JR) Height: 6' 0" Weight: 192 pounds
|Anton Karlsson (via aftonbladet.com)|
The Bruins should be aiming to draft a winger that can develop into a big-time goal producer. The Bruins are in need to bring in some young, skilled and dynamic scoring talent that can step into the NHL in the next year or two and put some goals on the board. Whether or not the Bruins go through with the train of thought remains to be seen.