SUNRISE, Fla. ‘€” The Bruins took Western Hockey League Brandon Carlo with the 37th overall pick of this weekend’€™s draft.

Carlo is big kid at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds. He was rated as the No. 25 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting, which is well ahead of Zachary Senyshyn, whom Boston chose 15th overall Friday night. Central Scouting had Senyshyn as the 38th North American skater.

The pick was originally the Flyers’€™, but it was sent to the Islanders in the Andrew MacDonald trade before being flipped to Boston in the Johnny Boychuk trade.

The Bruins have the 45th and 52nd overall picks in the second round as well, both of which were acquired the Dougie Hamilton trade. Their own second-rounder was traded to Tampa Bay at the trade deadline when the Bruins acquired Brett Connolly.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

SUNRISE, Fla. — Bruins did a lot on Friday. It’€™s obvious that the moves as a whole represent a horrid day for new general manager Don Sweeney, but at least one of them made sense in a vacuum.

As such, here’€™s an attempt at breaking down each of the individual moves made by the Bruins Friday:

Bruins trade Dougie Hamilton to Flames for picks No. 15, 45 and 52

One-word summary: Unforgivable.

The Hamilton fiasco represents really two lapses on the part of Don Sweeney.

First is the struggle to sign the team’€™s most important young player to a second deal. He asked for a lot of money because the best young defensemen in the league make a lot of money on their second deals. The Bruins’€™ unwillingness to pay it does not bode for the future.

Consider this: David Pastrnak has two more years left on his entry level. Guess who represents him? The same guy they just swung and missed with in J.P. Barry. This group can only hope it has better a better feel for re-signing youngsters by then.

The second part of it is the trade itself. Hamilton was one of the very best chips Sweeney had, and one that should have been kept at nearly all costs. Instead, he was flipped for the 15th overall pick and two second-rounders.

At the very, very least, the Bruins should have been able to get at least another first-round pick or a top prospect from a team in exchange for the already established Hamilton. This was the kind of move that can set a franchise back.

Bruins trade Milan Lucic to Kings for pick No. 13, Martin Jones and Colin Miller, retain $2.75 million in salary

One-word summary: Right.

While the move didn’€™t unload a lot of money due to money retained, it got the Bruins multiple decent pieces for a player they weren’€™t going to keep. After losing Hamilton, the B’s had better hope Miller is good.

Bruins sign Adam McQuaid to four-year contract with $2.75 million average annual value

One-word summary: Worrisome.

Why worrisome? Because hours after telling a top defenseman he won’€™t be worth more $6 million-plus when he reaches his mid-to-late 20s, the Bruins gave nearly half of that to a third-pairing defenseman with limited skill whose solid intangibles are far overshadowed by his tendency to injure himself.

McQuaid has missed at least 10 games in each of his five seasons as an NHL regular. In the last two seasons combined, he has missed a total of 71 regular-season games and 12 playoff games due to multiple injuries.

Then factor in that McQuaid is 28 years old. He is a fine player, but he isn’€™t going to get better. Letting him walk and using the money saved on Hamilton should have been a no-brainer. The fact that the Bruins didn’€™t do that is’€¦ worrisome.

Bruins draft defenseman Jakub Zboril 13th overall

One-word summary: Expected.

The B’€™s didn’€™t trade up for Noah Hanifin (fifth overall), Ivan Provorov (seventh) or Zach Werenski (eighth), so it was only logical they would take the next-best defenseman once their pick came. At that point in the day, doing the logical served as a surprise.

Bruins draft left wing Jake DeBrusk 14th overall

One-word summary: Interesting.

There were better-rated forwards on the board, but the Bruins badly need left wing prospects. I can’€™t knock the scouting staff at this point, as they’€™ve seen these guys and I haven’€™t.

Bruins draft right wing Zachary Senyshyn 15th overall

One-word summary: Reach.

This one could have also gotten the ‘€œworrisome,’€ as the Bruins could have traded down to get a player ranked in the 40s on some lists and the 60s and others. Sweeney acknowledged that, but said he feared that another team might take him in the meantime.

That’€™s where the lack of experience on the GM’€™s part is exposed once again. Unless you’€™re positive this kid is going to be a star, that’€™s what you do: You move down and you risk losing the player. If someone else takes him, then you take someone else, just like you took another defenseman you liked after missing out on the big three.

Again, this is no knock on Senyshyn. Scouts say good things, but if he could have been there later they shouldn’€™t have taken him 15th overall. That was the first they got for Hamilton, by the way.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Dougie Hamilton trade is the biggest gamble a Bruins GM has made since the Joe Thornton deal. (Harry How/Getty Images)SUNRISE, Fla. -- Practice makes perfect.



SUNRISE, Fla. — Claude Julien lamented the fact that Dougie Hamilton wanted top dollar hours after the Bruins traded the 22-year-old star defenseman in a stunning deal with the Flames.

SUNRISE, Fla. — Claude Julien lamented the fact that Dougie Hamilton wanted top dollar hours after the Bruins traded the 22-year-old star defenseman in a stunning deal with the Flames.

With statistics and big-name comps on Hamilton’€™s side, the defenseman’€™s camp sought a deal commensurate with those of other top young defensemen such as Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo. The Bruins were unwilling to pay that, with a source telling WEEI.com Friday that none of Boston’€™s offers exceeded $6 million a year.

Julien said he understood why Hamilton wants to be paid like his peers, but doesn’€™t like how soon players cash in these days.

“The players and the organization, I guess everybody’€™s in their right with the way CBA is,” Julien said after the first round. “As a coach, to be honest with you, I find it very unfortunate that players that have played maybe three years in the league, all of a sudden they’€™re looking to be up there with the top-paid players.

“I prefer it the other way, where they work their way up: years of service and everything else.

“That’€™s not to say he wasn’€™t in his right. He’€™s in his right. He’€™s entitled to do what he did. I’€™m not standing here blaming him at all. Would we like to have kept him? I think we would have liked to have kept Dougie Hamilton. He’€™s a good promising young player, but you move on.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

SUNRISE, Fla. — With the first of three consecutive picks, the Bruins selected Saint John (QMJHL) defenseman Jakub Zboril 13th overall. The B’€™s then went with Swift Current (WHL) left wing Jake DeBrusk with the 14th pick and right wing Zachary Senyshyn of Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

SUNRISE, Fla. ‘€” With the first of three consecutive picks, the Bruins selected Saint John (QMJHL) defenseman Jakub Zboril 13th overall. The B’€™s then went with Swift Current (WHL) left wing Jake DeBrusk with the 14th pick.

Zboril is a well-rounded left-shot defenseman who stands at 6-foot-0 3/4 and 184 pounds. The Czech blueliner was considered the fourth-best defenseman in this year’€™s draft class behind Noah Hanifin (Hurricanes), Ivan Provorov (Flyers) and Zach Werenski (Blue Jackets), all of whom were selected in the first eight picks.

The 5-foot-11 3/4, 174-pound DeBrusk was the 19th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. The Edmonton native scored 42 goals last season for the Broncos, adding 39 assists for 81 points in 72 games. The Bruins very thin at left wing organizationally following Friday evening’s trade of Milan Lucic.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

SUNRISE, Fla. –€” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with the media at BB&T Center Friday following his trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic.

SUNRISE, Fla. ‘€” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with the media at BB&T Center Friday following his trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic. Much of the session focused on Hamilton, who was sent to the Flames Friday afternoon for the 15th, 45th and 52nd picks of this weekend’€™s draft.

Sweeney said that Hamilton turned down significant money from Boston as the team tried to sign the restricted free agent to-be, but that the player rejected it. A source told WEEI.com shortly after that none of the offers extended by the Bruins exceeded $6 million in average annual value.

As such, it isn’t a big surprise that the sides weren’t able to come to terms. Hamilton’s experience and numbers gave him some pricey comparable players, and as such he figured to command anywhere from $6 million to $7 million on a long-term deal.

The general manager noted that the fear of losing Hamilton to an offer sheet factored into the decision to trade him, but that the issues signing him were the ultimate reason he was moved.

‘€œWe were in a position to be able to react accordingly if we felt that was necessary,’€ Sweeney said of offer sheets.

‘€œI think the more important part was that I didn’€™t believe that Dougie would have been comfortable in Boston going forward.’€

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Don Sweeney made his second monumental trade of Friday evening, sending Milan Lucic to the Kings for the 13th overall pick, defenseman prospect Colin Miller and restricted free agent goaltender Martin Jones.