I'm back with the first draft pick update since the NHL resumed play after the 2010 Olympic Games.
You may have read my take on the Bruins giving up the Tampa Bay 2nd-round pick previously acquired a year ago in the deal that brought Mark Recchi to Boston, so there is no need to re-hash it here; what's done is done.
The B's squeaked out a win via shootout last night in Boston over the Leafs, who salvaged a point and could very well have won with all the breakaways and odd-man rushes they had. Of course, since Brian Burke traded away 6 of his team's top-eight scorers in recent weeks, they, like the Bruins, have no finishing ability.
The Leafs now have 50 points...but Carolina won its seventh in a row last night to put even more distance between 29th and 28th place. Toronto has 19 games left in the schedule. Of course, Edmonton continues to be atrocious and they seem clearly intent on tanking it to guarantee themselves at least 1st or 2nd overall. Because Toronto's defense and goaltending is infinitely better than their Oilers counterparts, it is looking more and more likely that Toronto will finish 29th, which means that if the third-place team wins the lottery as Washington did in 2004, the Toronto/Boston pick would drop to 3rd overall. Bruins fans can only hope that as the 2nd-worst NHL team, they actually win the lottery and move up to 1st to have the pick of the litter.
Here are the updated draft picks for 2010 and 2011. The B's are still looking very good with four picks in the top-50 if the season ended today (not including the lottery).
Boston Bruins 2010 Draft Picks (Draft position after 1st round estimated based on current standings)
2nd overall- Toronto (50 points; 19-32-12)
18th overall- Boston (67 points; 28-23-11)
32nd overall- Toronto
48th overall- Boston
*Boston traded rights to Tampa Bay second round pick (37th overall) to Florida as part of package for D Dennis Seidenberg
No pick- Traded to Buffalo as part of Daniel Paille trade
93rd overall- Carolina (59 points; 26-30-7)
108th overall- Boston**
**Conditional to Buffalo if Paille scores 16 goals. If condition not met, Buffalo gets Boston 5th-round pick in 2010
138th overall- Boston*** (To Buffalo if Paille scores 15 goals or less)
168th overall- Boston
198th overall- Boston
Boston Bruins 2011 Draft Picks
Toronto (Completes Phil Kessel trade)
Minnesota (Completes Chuck Kobasew trade)
Boston* (To Anaheim if D Steven Kampfer signs with Boston)
Phoenix (Completes Derek Morris trade- becomes 3rd rounder if UFA Morris re-signs with Coyotes)