Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

BUFFALO — Don Sweeney established a year ago that he feels a good young defenseman is worth a mid-first-round pick and a couple of seconds. A year later, teams told him his read on the market was wrong.

With a number of defensemen potentially on the trade market (Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler among them), Sweeney said that teams demanded the Bruins give up all of their draft capital in Friday’s first round and then some.

“In all honesty, it would have taken both first rounders and then some in order to move [for a defenseman],” he said. “The acquisition cost was high. I’ve said all along that we want to continue to improve our hockey club in whatever we have to do, but those [situations] are not unlike last year, where it would have taken all three first-rounders. There’s a balancing act there.”

When asked about the ask of the 14th and 29th picks, Sweeney added that teams’ demands “didn’t stop there.”

“I wasn’t trading David Pastnrak,” Sweeney said. “We’ve been criticized, and rightfully so at times, for being impatient with some of our younger and skilled players. This represents a good opportunity for us to establish that we don’t want to do that.”

Instead of trading the picks, Sweeney selected Boston College defenseman Charlie McAvoy at 14 and reached for Wisconsin center Trent Frederic at 29.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — The Bruins took an American center with the second of their two first-round picks Friday, selecting St. Louis native Trent Frederic with the 29th overall pick.

Frederic, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound left shot, scored four goals and added 10 assists for 14 points in 23 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team. The 18-year-old is committed to play at the University of Wisconsin next year.

The Bruins had the pick from the Sharks, as they acquired it last offseason in a trade that sent the rights to goaltender Martin Jones to San Jose.

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DJ Bean

Charlie McAvoy has lofty NHL goals. ( Photo)

BUFFALO — The Bruins swung for the fences with the 14th overall pick. Leaving bigger names on the board, Don Sweeney went for an explosive defenseman in Charlie McAvoy who hopes to round out the rest his game to be a great player.

How great? Norris great, by his expectations.

“Drew Doughty is my favorite defenseman. He’s someone who I feel has got a lot of traits that I feel that I have and I want to continue to [develop],” McAvoy said after being selected by the B’s. “At my peak, if I can be like Drew Doughty, I’m not complaining.”

The Bruins wouldn’t complain either.

Doughty posted 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists) this season en route to winning his first Norris Trophy, even if his winning it was controversial given a superior season from Erik Karlsson.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — If Charlie McAvoy’s game is as good as his Twitter, the Bruins have a Hall of Famer on their hands.

The Boston University defenseman was giddy as he discussed being drafted 14th overall by the Bruins Friday night. A native of New York, he admitted that he grew up a Rangers fan but that he’d fallen in love with the city of Boston in his freshman year at college.

“I’m sure my friends back home are kind of happy, but I’m kind of cutting the ties with New York sports,” McAvoy said. “Boston’s an unbelievable city and it’s a great place with great people. I’m happy to be staying there.”

Then, as people on the internet do, someone found this old tweet from May of 2013, which happened to be a month in which the Bruins eliminated the Rangers in the second round of the playoffs:

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Asked about growing up in New York, McAvoy admitted he was conditioned to hate Boston sports teams, but that he’s come around.

“You grow up and I guess you’re taught not to like them because of the rivalry and everything,” McAvoy said with a smile. “But I’ve got a Red Sox hat now, so that’s the first step and I’ve this Bruins jersey, so that’s pretty cool.

“I don’t know if I can be a Pats fan, though. We’ll see.”

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — The Bruins used the 14th overall pick to get a defenseman from Boston University; it just wasn’t Kevin Shattenkirk.

Instead, the Bruins selected high-ceiling blueliner Charlie McAvoy with the pick, adding the New York native to a stable of prospects from the BU pipeline.

BUFFALO — The Bruins went defense with the first of their two first-round picks Friday night, taking Boston University blueliner Charlie McAvoy 14th overall.

McAvoy is a right-shot defenseman who stands at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. He had three goals and 22 assists for 25 points in 37 games last season as a freshman at BU.

“He is an impactful offensive, push-the-pace, hair-on-fire, 100 miles an hour defenseman,” Red Line Report analyst Kirk Luedeke said of McAvoy this week. “Who doesn’t want someone like that? I would have to think he would be in the discussion around No. 14.”

In selecting McAvoy, the Bruins passed on the likes of OHL defenseman Jakob Chychrun and Penticton blueliner Dante Fabbro.

The Bruins are next scheduled to select at No. 29.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — Bruins fans likely remember Andrew Shaw’s feistiness from the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Now they’ll be seeing a lot more of him.

After American center Auston Matthews went first overall to the Maple Leafs, commissioner Gary Bettman announced some whacky stuff from the Canadiens.

Montreal traded center Lars Eller to the Capitals for second round picks in the 2017 and 2018 drafts. The more notable (and perhaps head-scratching) move was that they send their own second-rounder this year and a second-rounder from Minnesota to the Blackhawks for the rights Shaw, a restricted free agent.

Shaw is reportedly seeking “at least” $4.5 million annually despite being a bottom-sixer who realistically is good for around 30-35 points a year. Last season, Shaw scored 14 goals and added 20 assists for 34 points. Here is a comparison of Eller, whom the Habs gave up, and Shaw, per Own the Puck.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — With the draft now hours away, all is quiet on the Bruins’ front. As we learned a year ago, that doesn’t mean that some absolutely bonkers stuff is out of the question. So, crazy season about to begin in the NHL, here are three questions for Bruins fans:

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — Don Sweeney is trying to trade for a defenseman. There’s also a pretty good chance he’s trying to trade a defenseman, as he said Thursday that he has had discussions with teams about moving current roster players for draft picks.

To put on our speculation caps, the question of whom Sweeney might be interested in trading would seem obvious enough. If he can move Dennis Seidenberg’s contract (two more years at a $4 million cap hit) for anything, he should (and likely would) do it. Adam McQuaid (three more years at $2.75 million annually) is also a player the team should consider moving given the redundancy presented by this offseason’s signing of fellow third-pairing righty Kevan Miller.

The more important question is whom the Bruins might target as far as acquiring a big-name defenseman goes, and two names that have picked up steam throughout the league in trade talks are Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler. Shattenkirk is 27 with one more year on his contract ($4.25 million cap hit) before becoming an unrestricted free agent and Fowler is 24 with two more years left at $4 million against the cap before reaching UFA status.

Both players are top-four guys, though neither should be mistaken for a No. 1 defenseman. Shattenkirk is a righty, while Fowler is a lefty. At the NHL level at least, the Bruins’ bigger need is for a left-shot defenseman (they often can play both sides; righties typically can’t play the left side), thought needs could change if the Bruins were to deal one of their current D. Here’s an Own The Puck breakdown of each player’s attributes.

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DJ Bean

Don Sweeney is entering his second draft as Bruins GM. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)BUFFALO -- There were lessons to be learned in Don Sweeney’s first year of being Bruins general manager.