This is the 2nd post in our 30 part series, looking at what the NHL would look like if players could only play for the teams they were drafted by, In the first post we looked at the Anaheim Ducks.
Since its in alphabetical order, next up…
LW: Milan Lucic – GP:452/G:110/A:161/PTS:271/PPG:0.59/Cap:6M
C: Joe Thornton – GP:1174/G:337/A:833/PTS:1170/PPG:0.99/Cap:7M
RW: Phil Kessel – GP:554/G:208/A:219/PTS:427/PPG:0.77/Cap:5.4M
LW: Brad Marchand – GP:266/G:81/A:78/PTS:159/PPG:0.59/ Cap:4.5M
C: Patrice Bergeron – GP:627/G:165/A:298/PTS:463/PPG:0.74/ Cap:5M
RW: David Krejci – GP:472/G:101/A:246/PTS:347/PPG: 0.74/ Cap 5.35M
LW: Nate Thompson – GP:359/G:33/A:45/PTS:78/PPG:0.22/Cap:1.6M
C: Tyler Seguin – GP: 253/G:77/A:92/PTS: 169/PPG:0.67/Cap:5.75
RW: Kris Versteeg – GP:381/G:99/A:130/PTS:229/PPG:0.6/Cap:2.2M
LW: Joe Colborne – GP: 66/G:5/A:13/PTS: 18/PPG:0.27/Cap:0.6M
C: Vladimir Sobotka – GP:360/G:33/A:82/PTS:115/PPG:0.32/Cap:1.3M
RW: Jordan Caron – GP: 112/G:12/A:14/PTS:26/PPG:0.23/Cap:0.64M
LD: Mark Stuart – GP:465/G:21/A:44/PTS:65/ATOI:/Cap:1.7M
RD: Dougie Hamilton – GP: 76/G:9/A:17/PTS:26/ATOI:/Cap: 0.89M
LD: Torey Krug – GP: 55/G:11/A:20/PTS:31/Cap:0.92M
RD: Matt Hunwick – GP:229/G:16/A:51/PTS:67/Cap:1.6M
LD: Andrew Alberts – GP:459/G:8/A:47/PTS:55/Cap:0.6M
RD: Hal Gill – GP:1106/G:36/A:148/PTS:184/Cap: 0.7M
7th: Milan Jurcina – GP:430/G:22A:59/PTS:81/Cap: UFA
Niklas Svedberg: GP: 1/W:1/SV%943/GAA:1.97/Cap:0.86M
Andrew Raycroft: GP:280/W:113/SV%:900/GAA:2.89/Cap:UFA
Malcom Subban: GP: 0/W:0/SV%:0.00/GAA:0.00/Cap:0.89M
Holy Forwards!!! This team is as deep upfront as it could possibly be. The first line features ‘Jumbo’ Joe Thornton down the middle, with the every day bad ass that is Lucic on the left, and the speed and creativity of Kessel on the right. With Thornton’s size and vision, Lucic’s size and net presence, and Kessel’s finishing ability, I think this would be a very effective line, and one that would be so much fun to watch. Line two would be the two way line, on LW we have Humpty Dumpty (Marchand), Selke Trophy winner and Gold Medalist Bergeron, along with Cup Winner Krejci. This line would be a great checking and scoring line, with fantastic two way capability. The third line features Nate Thompson on the left, he’s small but has put up respectable numbers in Tampa, Tyler Seguin down the middle, and Kris Verbeauty on the right (who knew Boston drafted Versteeg?). I see this as a sheltered scoring line, Seguin and Versteeg could sneak on the PP occasionally and would start in the offensive zone a lot, or otherwise would be put up against the other teams 3rd and 4th lines. Seguin could obviously play on the first or second lines if someone went cold, but that is the beauty of this kind of forward depth.
This rendition of the Boston Bruins are just miserable on defence and in goal. I thought this was really interesting, because if there is one thing that the real life Bruins are known for, its strong defensive play, and good goaltending. The Bruins have traded very well, and done a good job assessing and acquiring defensive talent, because they really haven’t drafted it. This could be a trend that is changing, with players like Dougie Hamilton (D) and Malcolm Subban (G) up and coming. But really, why draft when you can pillage the likes of the Leafs and the Sens for players like Rask and Chara. Kudos should also go to the Bruins for signing Tim Thomas, who was originally drafted by the Nordiques, but is someone who I believe should be a Hall of Famer based on his short body of work in Beantown.
Overall I don’t think this Boston team can survive in the NHL with their defence and goaltending. It just isn’t good enough. They’ll score lots of goals, and they have good two way forwards, but you need goalies who can stop the puck. I think that this team would need Malcolm Subban or Niklas Svedberg to be a rookie sensation to truly compete.
College/International Free Agents:
Niklas Svedberg G – GP: 1/W:1/SV%943/GAA:1.97
Torey Krug D – GP: 55/G:11/A:20/PTS:31
Round 8, 207th Pick – Hal Gill D – GP:1106/G:36/A:148/PTS:184
Round 1, 1st Pick – Joe Thornton C – GP:1174/G:337/A:833/PTS:1170
Round 6, 135th Pick – Andrew Raycroft G – GP:280/W:113/SV%:900/GAA:2.89
Round 1, 21st Pick – Nick Boynton D – GP:605/G:34/A:110/PTS:144
Round 1, 9th Pick – Shaone Morrison D – GP:480/G:11/A:64/PTS:75
Round 6,179th Pick – Andrew Alberts D – GP:459/G:8/A:47/PTS:55
Round 8, 241st Pick – Milan Jurcina D – GP:430/G:22A:59/PTS:81
Round 1, 21st Pick – Mark Stuart D – GP:465/G:21/A:44/PTS:65
Round 2, 45th Pick – Patrice Bergeron C – GP:627/G:165/A:298/PTS:463
Round 6, 183rd Pick- Nate Thompson C – GP:359/G:33/A:45/PTS:78
Round 2, 63rd Pick – David Krejci C – GP:472/G:101/A:246/PTS:347
Round 5, 134th Pick – Kris Versteeg R – GP:381/G:99/A:130/PTS:229
Round 7, 224th Pick – Matt Hunwick D – GP:229/G:16/A:51/PTS:67
Round 4, 106th Pick – Vladamir Sobotka C – GP:360/G:33/A:82/PTS:115
Round 1, 5th Pick – Phil Kessel R – GP:554/G:208/A:219/PTS:427
Round 2, 50th Pick – Milan Lucic L – GP:452/G:110/A:161/PTS:271
Round 3, 71st Pick – Brad Marchand C – GP:266/G:81/A:78/PTS:159
Round 1, 16th Pick – Joe Colborne C – GP: 66/G:5/A:13/PTS: 18
Round 1, 25th Pick – Jordan Caron R – GP: 112/G:12/A:14/PTS:26
Round 1, 2nd Pick – Tyler Seguin C – GP: 253/G:77/A:92/PTS: 169
Round 1, 9th Pick – Dougie Hamilton D – GP: 76/G:9/A:17/PTS: 26
Joe Thornton was drafted 1st overall in 1997, he is a career 0.99 points per game and he was traded by the Boston Bruins in the midst of an MVP season. Since then he has won Olympic Gold for Canada in 2010 and was named Captain of the San Jose Sharks, and while he is still waiting on his first Stanley Cup, he did win the Spengler Cup with HC Davos in 2004. Thornton is undoubtedly the best player (currently playing) that the Bruins have ever drafted, he is a franchise player and just keeps going, this year he has 55 points in 53 games and is on pace for 85 points.
The real story for this era of Bruins drafting is the ability to draft high impact forwards, a player like Lucic who was a 2nd rnd. pick in 2006 changed the landscape of the eastern conference starting an arms race for big players who can score. Ian Maclaren of the Hockey Writers wrote a nice piece specifically pertaining the the Buffalo Sabres. Another example of this is the Leafs trading up to draft Tyler Biggs rather than drafting players with perhaps more upside such as Rickard Rakell or Matt Puempel.
This has been another edition of Hockey Hypotheticals,
as always, thanks so much for reading.