What’s next for the Boston Bruins?
The disappointing year saw The Bruins finishing 9th last in the league. There were some positives, however, as the team finished with a 9-5-2-1 record after the trade deadline on February 20th, scoring 50 goals (2.94/game) while allowing only 39 (2.29/game). That was in large part due to the team’s shift to defensive hockey with the hiring of the new GM Jason Gallant.
Despite that success, the team is committed to rebuilding from this point. That all begins with the NEFHL draft, which is scheduled to take place on June 15th in Ottawa, Ontario. The lottery took place recently, which saw The Bruins drop a spot in the order to 10th overall. Not ideal, especially in a weak draft year. GM Gallant has said that he’ll be looking for a diamond in the rough with that pick, and also added “Rum and coke!”
He was under the sun in Punta Cana, and once he got his drink he said “I’m open to hearing any offers for that pick. That goes for both our first round picks this year.” Youth is definitely the target from this point, but The Bruins are willing to talk trade for current roster players that can fill that need for years to come. It’s also no secret that no player is untouchable. There was considerable interest in Brayden Schenn leading up to the trade deadline, and there are rumours swirling that an offer was recently extended for Schenn as recently as this past week. GM Gallant did not comment on the rumours, but did say “teams like the Colorado Avalanche are good examples where they were able to build solid teams in reasonable timeframes. Ideally, we could mirror the Florida Panthers, but we’d need the same luck they got for that to happen.”