Here are the Bruins’ picks in the 2022 NHL Draft


The Bruins have six picks on Day 2; follow their selections.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks ahead of the first round on Thursday. Getty Images

The Boston Bruins had no picks in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft, in which Montreal selected Juraj Slafkovsky with the first overall pick on Thursday night.

The Bruins started things off Friday by selecting Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League with the 54th overall pick.

We’ll be following the Bruins’ picks as they’re made throughout Friday’s rounds, so check back for updates.

Here are the Bruins’ picks:

Round 2, no 54: Matthieu Poitras

Just before the Bruins’ first pick was made, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly announced a trade, but not one involving Boston. Carolina sent Tony DeAngelo to Philadelphia for three picks.

No roster changes at this time.

The Bruins stepped in and picked center Matthew Poitras from the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League.

Poitras, listed at 5-foot-11, 176 pounds, was considered a second-round pick. EliteProspects called him “one of the most energetic players in the draft, especially on the forecheck. His intensity and pace are rarely found in draft-eligible players.

So the Bruins, apparently, are getting a player with a good engine. Can it play games or operate at different speeds? It could be the difference between a home on an NHL fourth line or somewhere higher in the lineup.

“I like to look up to a guy like Brayden Point, or maybe a grittier guy like Anthony Cirelli,” Poitras said. “Gritty attacker, likes to go in the turns. Obviously, Cirelli scores big goals. I kind of see myself as this talented and brave striker.

Poitras, who turns 19 in March, had 21 goals and 50 points in 68 games last year, his first in the OHL. He went 1-3–4 in five playoff games. He is originally from Brooklyn, Ontario and played his minor hockey with the Whitby Wildcats program.

The Bruins give up their 91st place

The Bruins, who acquired the No. 91 pick in the 2021 trade that sent goaltender Dan Vladar to the Flames, did not draft a player there. Instead, they traded the selection to the Kraken in exchange for picks Nos. 117 and 132.

Seattle took Harvard-committed center Ben MacDonald, of Nobles and Greenough, at 91st. MacDonald will play in the BCHL (West Kelowna) next season.

MacDonald, from Weston, is the son of former Harvard captain and 1989 Hobey Baker winner Lane MacDonald.

Round 4 – No. 117

Round 4 – No. 119

Players selected by the Bruins between 117th and 119th recently: goaltender Jeremy Swayman (111th in 2017), forward Danton Heinen (116th in 2014), goaltender Philip Svedeback (117th in 2021) and forward Curtis Hall ( 119th in 2018).

Round 6 – No. 183

Round 7 – No. 200

Round 7 – No. 215

*The Bruins had no first-round selection.


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