By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty
While we’re still not sure when the draft will take place, we know that the Bruins will be making their first pick towards the later portion of the second. With the team’s first-round pick being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks in a deal for Ondrej Kase, the Bruins’ first pick will come in the second round, as of now.
A few players have stuck out to me as potential second-round targets for the Bruins. There’s no guarantee that these players will be available when the Bruins are on the clock, but they could be and would be great fits for the organization, in my eyes.
Tyson Foerster – C/RW – Barrie Colts (OHL)
2019-2020 – 62 GP – 36G, 44A, 80P
Tyson Foerster is my top guy for the Bruins in the second round if he is to drop far enough so they can select him. He has the makings of a big-time goal scorer at the NHL level. Positional versatility is never a bad thing either, and he can play center as well as the wing. His hockey IQ allows him to make smart decisions with the puck and pick his spots with ease.
Foerster has solid size at 6-foot-1, 194 lbs. and seems to be an offensive threat whenever he steps foot on the ice. The Bruins could use some prospect depth at the right-wing position, and Foerster could provide that. There would be no need to rush his development, which would allow him to develop even further at his own pace into a formidable goal scorer at the NHL level.
(Video credit: PuckProspects on YouTube)
Luke Evangelista – RW – London Knights (OHL)
2019-2020 – 62 GP – 23G, 38A, 61P
Luke Evangelista is a playmaking winger and a smooth skater. His soft hands, hockey IQ, and nose for the net make him a dangerous offensive player. After playing in 27 games last season to get his feet wet in the OHL, only tallying two assists, he put himself on the map with a productive 2019-2020 campaign.
One thing he could and likely will build upon is his size, as he is currently 5-foot-11, 165 lbs. There’s time for that. Putting on some more weight and muscle will serve him well down the road. If someone like Tyson Foerster isn’t on the board, Evangelista would be another solid fit at the right-wing position.
(Video credit: Prospect Film Room on YouTube)
Ozzy Wiesblatt – C/RW – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
2019-2020 – 64 GP – 25G, 45A, 70P
Ocean, Orca, Oasiz, and Ozzy. All hockey players, all have first names that start with “o”, and they’re all Wiesblatt brothers. What a family. Wiesblatt can hold his own in all three zones on top of being an effective scorer and playmaker. Like Evangelista, Wiesblatt would be another solid right-wing option if Foerster is off the board.
(Video credit: Prospect Film Room on YouTube)
Jaromir Pytlik – C – Soo Greyhounds (OHL)
2019-2020 – 56 GP – 22G, 28A, 50P
If the Bruins go with a center in the second round, Jaromir Pytlik would be a good choice. The big, right-shot Czech plays a powerful game with his 6-foot-3, 201 lbs. frame. His size doesn’t slow him down, as he is a pretty solid skater that brings a formidable presence on the ice. Offensively, he makes his money in close proximity to the net. The addition of Pytlik would add to a group of young Bruins centers that are already looking good, but could become even better.
(Video credit: HSD Prospects on YouTube)
Eamon Powell – D – U.S. National U18 Team (USDP)
2019-2020 – 43 GP – 6G, 8A, 14P
If the Bruins choose to replenish their defensive prospect group after trading Axel Andersson in the Ondrej Kase trade, Eamon Powell would be a great choice. A right-shot defenseman, Powell is an excellent decision-maker and puck mover. He really fits the mold of the ideal, modern-day NHL defenseman. All of this is coupled with his smooth skating ability and solid speed.
He’ll be closeby at Boston College for the foreseeable future, so it’ll be easy to keep an eye on him. A bit undersized now at 5-foot-11, 165 lbs., Powell will have ample time to add weight and muscle over the next few years. With the current layout of Boston College’s defensive core next season, Powell has a good chance to step in and play prominent minutes on an excellent Boston College Eagles team.
(Video credit: Draft Dynasty on YouTube)
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