The 2014 Entry Draft is just a week away, with the two-day event kicking off next Friday, June 27 in Philadelphia and finishing Saturday. Starting at 7:00 p.m., Round 1 will take up all of Friday night, with Rounds 2-7 taking place on Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. The NHL has just recently set the complete order of all 210 picks to be made in in the City of Brotherly Love, and your Boston Bruins have the privilege of picking five times in the seven rounds of action.
The Bruins own picks no. 25 in Round 1, no. 56 in Round 2, no. 116 in Round 4, no. 146 in Round 5 and no. 206 in Round 7.
Boston traded for Philadelphia Flyers' defenseman Andrej Meszaros right at the trade deadline back in March in exchange for a conditional third-round pick. The conditional pick would have become a second-round pick if the Bruins had made the Eastern Conference Finals, but that of course didn't happen. The pick could still become a second-rounder ifMeszaros re-signs with the B's before the start of the draft, but that scenario seems very unlikely at this point, as the Bruins will all but surely let Meszaros walk to free-agency.Meszaros played in just 18 total games after being acquired on March 5, recording two goals and five assists for seven points and skating to plus-5 rating.
The Bruins also lose out on their sixth-round pick, no. 176 overall, to the St. Louis Blues as a result of theWade Redden trade completed back on April 3 of last year. The Bruins acquired Redden for a conditional seventh-round pick that became the sixth-rounder after Redden played in the postseason last year for the B's. Redden gave next to nothing for the Bruins during his time in Boston, but as we've seen general manager Peter Chiarelli do frequently, he loves to add depth on the back-end of the blueline (ahem, Mike Mattau, Greg Zanon, Corey Potter).
After winning the draft lottery a few months back, the Florida Panthers will pick first-overall, with the Buffalo Sabres, the Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders rounding out the rest of the top-five.
Other teams selecting high in the draft include the Vancouver Canucks at sixth-overall, the Toronto Maple Leafs at eight, and the Anaheim Ducks at 10 by way of the Bobby Ryan trade made last summer.
The reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings are one of five teams with nine picks to make, along with the St. Louis Blues, the Islanders, the Dallas Stars and the Washington Capitals.
Keep it tuned to Bruins Life the whole week as we preview the draft and the possible targets for the Bruins in Round 1 at #25.