Round one of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft took place Friday night in Philadelphia, Pa.
After making it to the second round of the 2014 playoffs, the Boston Bruins found themselves with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the draft. When it came time to make the pick, the B’s organization decided to select a player from overseas.
The Bruins selected forward David Pastrnak with the first round pick. The Havirov, Czech Republic native has been with Södertälje SK of the Hockey Allsvenskan league in Sweden for the last two seasons. In that time, he has seen action in 47 games while accumulating a total of 27 points (10g,17a). On April 20th, the 18-year-old signed an extension with Södertälje, so it appears Boston fans will have to patient to see him in action. With the NHL draft, this is usually a good thing. It’s not very often that players jump straight from playing junior hockey to the NHL immediately after being drafted. The more time a player takes to develop, the better chance they have to become a star some day.
Ironically after being selected by Boston, Pastrnak mentioned in an interview that he idolizes Bruins center David Krejci, and wants to play just like him. He may get the opportunity to skate with his favorite player some time down the road.
While the first round was filled with a lot of CHL players being selected, a number 0f skaters committed to playing in the NCAA were also picked up. Two Hockey East commits were selected in the first round, and they both plan to join the Boston College Eagles for the 2014-15 season.
Sonny Milano was drafted 16th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Alex Tuch was selected 18th overall by the Minnesota Wild.
Milano has put up some good numbers with the USA National Team Development Program over the past two seasons. In 63 games, the Massapequa, N.Y. native amassed a total of 61 points (24g, 37a). Milano was originally committed to play at Notre Dame, but change his commitment last November.
Tuch has also played with Milano on the USA Development Team for the past two seasons. The Baldwinsville, N.Y. native has posted 42 points (17g,25a) in 64 games played. The forward committed to Boston College in June of 2012.
Both Milano and Tuch were a part of the U.S. National U18 Team that won the Gold Medal in the 2013-14 Under-18 World Junior Championship.
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