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DJ Bean grew up in Section 127 of Fenway Park thanks to his grandfather's season ticket package and has immersed himself in the Boston sports scene ever since. In addition to co-founding multi-sport draft site DraftEmpire.com, DJ has written for the Boston Metro and 890 ESPN, among other outlets. He has been writing for WEEI.com since the summer of 2009 and continues to spread the Byron Leftwich gospel on Guest Street.

 
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06/25/16 01:51 EST
BUFFALO — Let’s get one thing out of the way: Spending the 29th overall pick on a tough-to-play-against center with a mid-to-late second-round grade who admitted he isn’t much of an offensive player is the most Bruins thing ever. The Bruins don’t have to be so Bruins all the time, and I truly don't think they know that. That’s it. I don’t like how the Bruins spent a late first-round pick — and for all I know Trent Frederic could end up turning into his idol David Backes — but that’s the only criticism I have of what the Bruins did on Friday. You would think not liking half of the picks they made would mean they did a terrible job, but this is the NHL draft. It’s Don Sweeney. It’s Cam Neely. Based on recent history, a lot of people were probably holding their breath to see how they would screw up. And really, they didn’t screw up. Though this group’s history of one good move followed by two or three bad ones
06/23/16 08:52 EST
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BUFFALO -- There were lessons to be learned in Don Sweeney’s first year of being Bruins general manager. Unfortunately, many of the lessons were “don’t do what you just did.” Sweeney shouldn’t have traded for Zac Rinaldo. He shouldn’t have gone into the season so thin at D and expected the Bruins to contend while also building. Keeping Loui Eriksson was a tossup, but he probably shouldn’t have traded draft capital for Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles. If he was going to have a fledgling team, he shouldn’t have invested so much in it. Sweeney had a difficult time playing both the rebuilding GM and the contending GM simultaneously, and for good reason. That’s “savvy veteran GM” stuff. A rookie GM being able to pull it off seamlessly is unrealistic. Right now, the Bruins’ missteps of recent years have them in a tight spot. They still don’t have an overly impressive pipeline and, with Zdeno Chara now 39 and the
06/23/16 02:08 EST
Last year, the Bruins entered the week of the NHL draft with the 14th overall pick. That seemed like a big deal, as picks from the Maple Leafs were previously this generation's Bruins' only ticket to picking relatively early. Who knew when they would pick that high again? One year later, LOL. The Bruins are picking in the exact same spot, and it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll bookend that selection by trading for Nos. 13 and 15 like they did last June. When it seemed like selecting 14th would be the most notable thing the Bruins did at last year’s draft (again, LOL), WEEI.com made predictions as to whom the B’s would select. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly; we're geniuses, you see), we actually got a couple of them right thanks to Boston making three consecutive picks. Jakub Zboril, whom we said would be a “perfect target” at No. 14, was selected by Boston at No. 13. Perceived “backup target” Jake DeBrusk went to the B’s at No.
06/13/16 09:24 EST
The Stanley Cup has been awarded and the NHL offseason is officially here. That means it’s Round 2 for the Bruins’ current leadership group as they navigate through the summer in hopes of returning the B’s to the playoffs. The first attempt did not go well. Last summer, then-first-year general manager Don Sweeney kept extremely busy, but ended up with a roster worse than the one he had inherited months earlier. Dougie Hamilton was moved for too little, Reilly Smith was given up on (in fairness, it wasn’t a move any of us found particularly bad at the time) and Zac Rinaldo was… acquired. Boston’s attempt to use some of the assets received for Hamilton and Milan Lucic to move up to select one of the draft’s top three defensemen didn’t work, and the team ended up making three straight selections in the middle of the first round. Looking back on last summer, the silver lining is that the B’s have a lot of legitimate prospects. The



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