B's make four more picks on Day 2 to wrap up 2014 Entry Draft
The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is in the books! With four picks to make on Draft Day 2, the Bruins stuck to the script and made due on all four selections to wrap up the action on the weekend, picking at no. 56, no. 116, no. 146 and no. 206.
Last night, the B's took Czech native David Pastrnak at #25, a gifted and speedy winger that has tremendous offensive skills and a knack for controlling the puck for extended periods of time. Pastrnak values his skating ability, hockey sense and ability to read the game, and he hopes to emulate his game after his idol, Bruins #1 center and fellow Czech native David Krejci, as he tries to break into the NHL in the coming years.
In the second round, the Bruins took two-way center and local boy Ryan Donato from the Dexter School at no. 56, making the 18-year-old Situate native a member of the team he grew up rooting for his whole life. It's all in the family, too, as Ryan's father, Ted Donato, was also drafted by the Bruins in 1987 and played eight seasons for the Black and Gold, skating in 528 games, scoring 119 goals and 147 assists for 266 total points.
Standing at 6-foot and weighing 174 lbs., Donato is billed as a dependable two-way forward with a tremendous hockey IQ and a decent amount of offensive skill. He has great hands and excels as a playmaker for his teammates. He's not the biggest or the strongest, and his skating is lacking that extra gear, but he can certainly hold his own when it comes to keeping the puck on his stick in tight.
Donato is committed to Harvard University for the 2015-16 season, so he will have a lot of time to develop his game as the Bruins keep tabs on his progress in the coming years.
At no. 116, the Bruins pegged forward Danton Heinen of the Surrey Eagles of the BCHLas their third pick of the 2014 Draft, selecting the 18-year-old British Columbia native in the fourth round. Serving as captain for the Eagles, the 6-foot, 165 pound Heinen notched 29 goals and recorded 32 assists to crack the 60 point mark this past season. Heinen, self-described as an offensive threat with special teams skills, good vision and good playmaking ability,is committed to playing at the University of Denver this upcoming season.
Said Boston's Director of Amateur Scouting Keith Gretzky, "[He's an] offensive player -- real high skilled player...He has to gain some strength -- that’s his one concern right now. There’s a lot of kids that have to get stronger, and he has to get stronger."
In the fifth round at no. 146, the Bruins selected forward Andres Bjork from the USHL's National Team Development Program. The 6-foot, 183 pound 17-year-old scored 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 61 games last season and is committed to Notre Dame in the fall, so B's fans will get a glimpse of what he's all about when the Irish come to town to play when Hockey East kicks off next season.
With their last pick, the Bruins selected their only defenseman in the 2014 draft, choosing Swede Emil Johansson of the Swedish SuperElite League. During this past season, the 6-foot, 194 pound Johansson skated in a total of 48 games split between HV71 J18 team and the HV71 J20 team, scoring four goals and recording 10 assists for 14 points and 49 penalty minutes. Billed as a solid defensive presence with good mobility and a keen distribution sense, Johansson has the strength to compete with the bigger forwards in the game, but he'll need to work on building up his strength if he is to crack the NHL lineup.
So there you have it, Bruins fans, your 2014 Draft class is complete. The five skaters taken are all longer term projects, as neither of the players are expected to make an impact at the pro-level for years to come. Instead, they will be stashed away in their respective leagues, with Donato, Heinen and Bjork all to stay in the States, and Pastrnak and Johansson expected to continue to develop in Europe in the Swedish Elite Leagues.