Major Roster Moves Overshadow Bruins Draft

Saturday, June 27, 2015


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Bruins GM Don Sweeney

The Boston Bruins made three selections in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday night in Sunrise, Florida. Due to mid day trades, Boston ended up with picks 13th,14th and 15th in the first round. 

Boston's first pick came at 13 where they selected 6'0" defenseman Jakub Zboril from the Czech Republic. 

The Bruins selected Jake Debrusk, 5'11" left winger from Canada with the 14th pick in the draft. 

Finally, the Bruins selected Zachary Senyshyn, a 6'1" right winger from Canada with the 15th pick. Senyshyn was not expected to be drafted in the first round by many of the experts heading into the night. 


The Bruins draft was very much overshadowed by three major roster moves that new General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Friday afternoon. Boston traded Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic and also signed defenseman Adam McQuaid. 

Hamilton to Calgary

The first move became official at around 3:30 when Sweeney announced that the club had traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to Calgary  for the 15th, 45th and 52nd overall picks.

Hamilton played three season for Boston, appearing in 178 games and posting 22 goals and 61 assists for a total of 83 points. In his young career, Hamilton is a plus 23. 

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Lucic to LA

Just two hours after Hamilton was traded, General Manager Don Sweeney announced that the club had traded forward Milan Lucic to the LA Kings in exchange for the 13th overall pick, defenseman Colin Miller and goaltender Martin Jones. 

Last season, Miller appeared in 70 games for the AHL Manchester Monarchs and led all defensemen with 19 goals and 33 assists. Miller has 24 goals and 45 assists in his AHL career. 

Martin Jones played 15 games for the Kings in 2014-15, posting a 4-5-2 record and a goals against average of 2.25 and a saver percentage of .906. 

What They Give up in Lucic

Milan Lucic was drafted by the Bruins in 2008 and has since played his entire career in Boston. In 2014-15, Lucic tallied 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points while playing a career high 81 games. 

In his career, Lucic has scored a total of 139 goals, 203 assists for 342 points in 566 NHL games. 

Adam McQuaid 

In between the above trades, Boston announced the re signing of defenseman Adam McQuaid to four year deal worth $11 million. 

In 2014-15, played in 63 games, scored one goal, had six assists and finished the season with a rating of minus two.

McQuaid has a total of nine goals and 34 assists in his NHL career with a plus 51 rating. 

Draft Continues Today

The NHL Draft's second round resumes on Saturday. Boston will have picks 7,15 and 22 in the round and 37,45 and 52 overall. 


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