The Bruins called a familiar name Saturday morning, drafting Ryan Donato in the second round of the NHL draft.

Donato is the son of former Bruin and current Harvard coach Ted Donato. The 18-year-old will play for his father at Harvard when he begins his college career in the fall.

Scouting reports praise Donato’€™s hockey smarts and offensive skill, though Future Considerations.ca writes that his skating could stand to improve.

The Bruins have taken forwards with their first two picks, as they drafted Czech right wing David Pastrnak in the first round. They do not have a third-round pick, as it was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Andrej Meszaros.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins were all smiles in introducing draft pick David Pastrnak, but received tough news about the salary cap. (AP)The start of the NHL draft is all about optimism. If you have a first-round pick, the day is filled with ideas of hope and what wonderful things may be ahead for your team. 

The Bruins had a bad day. 



The Bruins chose Czech right wing David Pastrnak with their first-round pick (25th overall) Friday night in Philadelphia.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Pastrnak has spent the last two seasons playing for Sodertalje in Sweden. A right shot, the 18-year-old was ranked the fifth-best European skater in the draft by NHL Central Scouting.

The Bruins chose Czech right wing David Pastrnak with their first-round pick (25th overall) Friday night in Philadelphia.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Pastrnak has spent the last two seasons playing for Sodertalje in Sweden. A right shot, the 18-year-old was ranked the fifth-best European skater in the draft by NHL Central Scouting.

Pastrnak is Boston’s first first-round pick since 2012 (Malcolm Subban) and the team’s first pick since Keith Gretzky took over as the director or amateur scouting last August.

The Bruins will pick Saturday in the second round (56th overall), fourth round, fifth round and seventh round. Their third-round pick was traded to the Flyers at the trade deadline last season for Andrej Meszaros, while their sixth-round pick was traded to the Blues during the lockout-shortened 2013 season for Wade Redden.

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DJ Bean

The NHL and NHL Players Association announced the payroll range for the 2014-15 season Friday, and the upper limit being lower than anticipated should make the Bruins’ offseason even more difficult than initially anticipated.

The NHL and NHL Players Association announced the payroll range for the 2014-15 season Friday, and the upper limit being lower than anticipated should make the Bruins’ offseason even more difficult than initially anticipated.

The lower limit is set at $51 million, with the upper limit set at $69 million. The upper limit was expected to be somewhere around $70 million, with recent speculation suggesting it could be higher. The Bruins, who have $67.58 million in cap space  committed to next season, but can go as far as $4.027 million over the upper limit if Marc Savard is placed on long-term injured reserve, will now be hard-pressed to retain their unsigned players — Jarome Iginla chief among them — without shedding a current contract or two.

Reilly Smith and Torey Krug are both restricted free agents, as are Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced three front-office moves Saturday, the most notable of which was the promotion of Scott Bradley to assistant general manager to replace the departed Jim Benning.

Ryan Nadeau, who had been serving as the director of hockey administration on the team’€™s scouting staff, was promoted to director of hockey operations/analytics.

The Bruins announced three front-office moves Saturday, the most notable of which was the promotion of Scott Bradley to assistant general manager to replace the departed Jim Benning.

Ryan Nadeau, who had been serving as the director of hockey administration on the team’€™s scouting staff, was promoted to director of hockey operations/analytics.

Former Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. was hired as executive director of player personnel. Bradley had been serving as director of player personnel.

Perhaps Ferguson’€™s most notable move as Maple Leafs GM was trading the rights to Tuukka Rask to the Bruins in exchange for Andrew Raycroft in June of 2006.

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DJ Bean

Colin Hanks was among the presenters at the NHL Awards. (AP)Tuesday night’s NHL Awards had to be tough to watch for Bruins fans. 



The Bruins were well-represented among NHL award winners Tuesday night in Las Vegas, as goalie Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy and center Patrice Bergeron received a number of distinctions highlighted by his second Frank J. Selke Trophy in three seasons.

Bergeron also won the NHL Foundation Player Award and finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting. He was also named as the cover athlete on next year’s NHL 15 video game.