The 2022 NHL Entry Draft is set to begin this Thursday, July 7th, and the Boston Bruins are without a first round pick.
For now, anyway.
According to Nick Alberga of Sportsnet Canada: the Bruins, who currently do not have a pick until late in round two (pick 54), are looking to get themselves into the first-round.
Boston has had quite the offseason thus far, and this report adds more fuel to this ever-raging fire.
With the entry draft upcoming, our partners at BetOnline.ag, as usual, have you covered with the best props to bet on. Take a look:
Forwards Selected in First Round
Over 22.5 -130
Under 22.5 -110
Defensemen Selected in First Round
Over 9.5 -130
Under 9.5 -110
First Overall Pick
Shane Wright -325
Juraj Slafkovsky +160
Logan Cooley +2200
Second Overall Pick
Juraj Slafkovski -200
Shane Wright +250
David Jiricek +500
Logan Cooley +700
Simon Nemec +1400
Third Overall Pick
Logan Cooley -200
Juraj Slafkovski +400
Shane Wright +600
Simon Memec +750
Cutter Cauthier +900
David Jiricek +1200
It looks to be pretty locked in that the top three picks will be Wright/Slafkovsky/Cooley – and since this is a Boston sports website, let’s dive into what the Bruins are up to.
As mentioned above, Boston has had quite the offseason. Here’s a list of what has gone down since they lost to Carolina in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
June 6th, 2022: Bruins fire head coach Bruce Cassidy after six seasons.
June 23rd, 2022: Joe MacDonald of Worcester T&G reports that Patrice Bergeron will return to Boston on a one-year deal.
June 27th, 2022: Bruins sign General Manager Don Sweeney to multi-year contract extension.
June 30th, 2022: Bruins hire former UDenver & Stars coach Jim Montgomery as franchise’s next head coach.
July 5th, 2022: Forward Jake DeBrusk rescinds his season-long trade request.
So – if you read the tealeaves, the Bruins chose Jake DeBrusk over Bruce Cassidy.
However, there are also rumors floating around that former alternate captain David Krejci could make a return to the Bruins. He would be able to fill their 2C position that they so desparately needed improvement at last season.
I’ve given Boston a lot of crap for firing Cassidy and hanging onto Sweeney. I think their front office is incompetent and I think Cassidy breed the competition that this team needs.
However, if the moves outlined above can get both Bergeron and Krejci to return, and potentially get David Pasternak to sign an extension, then I guess you can sign me up for whatever is happening on Causeway Street.
Despite my love for Bruce Cassidy, Jim Montgomery is a solid hire. He has experience in the league, and commands respect as a former player. Now we just have to wait and see what he can make happen on the ice…
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