When we think of the future of the Bruins we probably don't think too much about 2014 NHL Draft picks. Many Bruins fans look back at the 2006 NHL draft as probably one of the most important in recent history. However, I'm here to tell you the 2014 draft is blowing that out of the water. With roster players taken from the first to the seventh round, it's easy to see why. The 2006 NHL draft saw the Bruins take Phil Kessel with the 5th overall pick, Milan Lucic with the 50th pick and Brad Marchand with the 71st pick. That is an incredible draft, but it doesn't compare to the 2014 NHL draft.
2014 NHL Draft Picks
In the first round the Bruins selected David Pastrnak with the 25th overall pick. Since joining the Bruins Pasta has turned into one of the premier stars in the league. For his career he has played in 390 games with a scoring line of 180-199-379. 48 of those goals came this season, along with 47 assists and 95 points. Pasta’s career-high in goals was also tied for the most in the league with Alex Ovechkin, making them co-Rocket Richard winners.
The Bruins also made a pretty good pick in the second round taking Ryan Donato with the 56th pick. For his Bruins career Donato played in just 46 games with an 11-7-18 scoring line. Viewed as a player with a bright future but little room on the roster to develop, Donato was traded along with a conditional fifth-round pick for Charlie Coyle. Coyle has been a fan favorite since day one, and has been a great addition to the team's middle-six forward group. In 91 games with the Bruins Coyle has scored 18 goals with 25 assists for 43 points. With a pretty nice contract extension kicking in next season Coyle will be a part of the Bruins future for a long time.
Late Round Gems
In the later rounds the Bruins picked Danton Heinen at 116th overall. Heinen had a great rookie season, but was never able to repeat that production. His Bruins career would finish with 220 games played scoring 34 goals 69 assists for 103 points. Heinen was traded at this year's deadline, but I will get into that shortly. The final pick of the 2014 NHL Draft to make an impact on the Bruins as selected 146th Anders Bjork. With injuries setting him back early in his career the speedy winger has only played in 108 games. In those game Bjork has a scoring line of 14-20-34. An RFA, or restricted free agent, this summer Bjork should remain a strong depth forward option for the team moving forward.
2020 Trade Deadline
At this year's deadline the Bruins would add two more 2014 draft picks. Like I mentioned earlier Danton Heinen was moved at the deadline in a trade. The trade would send Heinen to the Ducks with Nick Ritchie coming to the Bruins. Ritchie was actually the 10th overall pick back in the 2014 draft. His mix of size and skill made him a tempting target, and the Ducks wasted no time picking him. To date, that power forward potential has not been fully realized. With 294 career games with 44 goals, 67 assists and 111 points, he has yet to live up to that 10th overall selection. With another year on his contract the Bruins will get a good look at if he will be part of this team's long term future.
The Bruins made another trade with the Ducks a few days before the deadline. The Bruins sent out David Backes, their 2020 first-round pick and prospect Axel Andersson, and in return acquired Ondrej Kase. Believe it or not, Kase was the 205th pick in, you guessed it, the 2014 draft. Injuries have caused a number of setbacks for Kase. To date he has yet to play more than 66 games in a season. For his career Kase has played in 204 NHL games scoring 43 goals and 54 assists for 97 points. With another year on his deal before becoming an RFA Kase should get a long look at the second-line right wing spot. If he can develop chemistry with fellow Czech David Krejci he could be the answer to this team's longest-running issue.
Six years after the 2014 NHL Draft the Bruins still have two of their own picks on the roster and acquired another two for this season's playoff push. While Coyle wasn't drafted in 2014 Donato was the main piece in that trade for the Wild. So it's because of a 2014 draft pick that Coyle is a Bruin. So far only 90 players from the 2014 NHL Draft have played in the NHL. Six of those 90 have been members of the Bruins, that's crazy. While the 2014 NHL Draft might not be remembered around the league as a historic draft, the Bruins have identified some of it's best players and they will continue to shape the future of this franchise.
If you would like to look at some other Bruins drafts this site was pretty useful.
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