2017 NEFHL Entry Draft: Boston Bruins
Going into the 2017 Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins had only 4 draft picks, with 2 of them coming in the 1st round. After determining that the upcoming draft was considered “weak”, GM Gallant decided to pursue some other options instead. The Nashville Predators had made it known that some young talent may be available for the right price and The Bruins made some calls. GM Gallant was going into his first full year with The Bruins and understood that a rebuild was necessary. So, he traded the 10th overall pick, along with Philadelphia’s 5th round pick to Nashville in exchange for highly-touted prospect Jake Bean, 19 year old defensemen Jeremy Roy, 23 year old Ty Rattie and Nashville’s 6th round pick in 2018. The move helped fill some holes with the team losing Nathan Gerbe to retirement and older veterans nearing their end, namely Milan Michalek and Rene Bourque and Dennis Seidenberg.
Shortly afterwards, GM Gallant sent a 7th round pick to Calgary in exchange for backup goaltender Marek Mazanec, who would slot in behind Corey Crawford and ahead of the struggling Matt O’Connor.
During the Entry Draft, rumours swirled The Bruins, believing that they may attempt to move up in the draft in order to pick up either Michael Rasmussen or Nick Suzuki. Instead, they kept the 23rd overall pick and chose the son of a former NEFHL defensemen in Cal Foote. His scouting report highlighted his hockey IQ, his two-way hockey sense and his large frame as valued assets. Combined with Jake Bean, The Bruins secured two solid defensive prospects within a few days of each other.
“I think we had a successful few days,” GM Gallant said, smirking. “Lots of work ahead of us, of course, but I think we addressed what needed to be addressed. We had some pieces up front already and need to add some on the back end. I think we accomplished what we set out to do.”
GM Gallant did not comment on what his plans were for the summer but we look forward to seeing how the entirety of the NEFHL plays out in the coming months.