What do the Boston Bruins do on June 27th and 28th when the NHL draft takes place? Tis the question keeping Chiarelli up at night, but not one that fans should be losing sleep over. You see, the Bruins have a solid, dare I say championship team already, but according to a piece by ESPN’s Corey Pronman, the Bruins lack pure goal scorers and should look to get one in the first round of this year’s NHL draft.
Some teams have players that can purely score and the Bruins did as well, but traded him away to the Dallas Stars. Seguin didn’t fit and maybe the Bruins are cooking on something by having a team-scoring approach and not relying on a few players.
Goal scoring wasn’t an issue last season for Boston. The Bruins were 3rd in goals per game and 3rd in power play percentage. What Pronman is referring to is a single goal scorer. Marchand could be that with his talent. Iginla is rumored to be resigned and he’s no offensive slouch. Bergeron and Krejci could get better at finishing, but nonetheless the Bruins have competent goal scorers in those two.
I disagree that the Bruins need a guy that is just a pure scorer. What they have is working just fine and with pure scorers like Ryan Spooner and Alex Khokhlachev in waiting down in Providence, I really think the team could be better suited with a defenseman.
Pronman is making one mistake in his article and that’s saying that the Bruins are deep at defensemen. They may be for now, but Hamilton is still young and has to still prove himself. Chara is the opposite of young and who knows how much time you have left with him. Seidenberg is coming off a serious injury. And I’m not sure we know if Krug is anything more than an undersized, offensively-gifted defenseman.
Pronman makes the argument that the draft is weak on defenders, but deep at forwards. So Pronman’s solution is to take a forward that is a pure goal-scorer in the first round? To me, I say if the draft (in any sport) is thin in an area and you need help in that area, you take that in the first round and allow the depth to get you a good player later on the draft.
To be fair to Pronman, he did say the need for a scorer isn’t a dire need, but if the Bruins want to be better they need to get a bigger, solid defenseman that can contribute on the third or fourth line right away.