NHL Draft Live Blog: Bruins Trade Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay, Add Five More Prospects in Active Final Day at Draft


Jun 23, 2012

NHL Draft Live Blog: Bruins Trade Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay, Add Five More Prospects in Active Final Day at Draft1 p.m.: The 2012 NHL Entry Draft is in the books, with Day 2 finishing in a record time.

After the first round alone took three hours and 33 minutes on Friday night, Rounds 2-7 took just 2:45 combined on Saturday.

The second day also lacked the big-name trades that marked Friday's festivities. The Bruins did make one deal, sending the rights to restricted free agent Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay for the rights to unrestricted free agent forward Michel Ouellet and a fifth-round pick.

After taking goalie Malcolm Subban in the first round, Boston added five more players on Saturday. They actually could fill out a complete starting lineup card with the players they selected, as they drafted two defensemen (Matthew Grzelcyk, 3rd round, 85th overall; Matthew Benning, 6th round, 175th overall), a center (Seth Griffith, 5th round, 131st overall), a left wing (Colton Hargrove, 7th round, 205th overall) and a right wing (Cody Payne, 5th round, 145th overall) to go with Friday's netminder (Subban, 1st round, 24th overall).

211. Los Angeles: The Stanley Cup champs close out the 2012 Draft, tabbing defenseman Nick Ebert with the final pick.

Mr. Irrelevant was actually ranked 96th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He had 6-33-39 totals in 66 games with Windsor (OHL).

205. BOSTON: The Bruins head to the hockey hotbed of Dallas for their final pick, taking Colton Hargrove in the seventh round.

The left wing from Texas is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds and had 16-22-38 totals and 140 penalty minutes with  Fargo (USHL) last year.

189. Carolina: The seventh and final round is under way in Pittsburgh and more locals are having their draft day dreams come true.

The Hurricanes just took left wing Brendan Collier of Charlestown/Malden Catholic, while Dallas went with defenseman Dmitry Sinitsyn at 183. Sinitsyn is from Moscow, but will play at UMass-Lowell this season.

175. BOSTON: The Bruins add another defenseman, and this one should be familiar to at least one member of the Boston front office.

The Bruins used their sixth-round pick to take blueliner Matthew Benning, the nephew of Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning, who played nine seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with Toronto and Vancouver. Matthew Benning's father, Brian, also enjoyed a long NHL career with St. Louis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Edmonton and Florida.

Matthew Benning was ranked 176th by NHL Central Scouting. The 6-foot, 218-pounder had 4-14-18 totals with 87 penalty minutes in 44 games with Spruce Grove (AJHL).

145. BOSTON: After taking a center from the London Knights of the OHL, the Bruins use their second pick in the fifth round on a forward from London, England.

Right wing Cody Payne was born in the United Kingdom, but also played in the OHL, splitting last season between Oshawa and Tyler Seguin's old stomping grounds in Plymouth. Payne did some stomping of his own with 5-11-16 totals, 107 PIMs and 13 fighting majors in 60 games. He brings some size at 6-foot-2, 201 pounds and was the 146th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

138. San Jose: The Sharks have frequently mined the local area for talent, and they have done so again with the selection of center Daniel O'Regan with this pick.

O'Regan was born in Germany, where his father, Tom, played after a stint with the Penguins, but played his high school hockey at the St. Sebastian School in Needham, Mass.

The Islanders also picked a local prep schooler with Doyle Somerby, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman from Marblehead, Mass. and Kimball Union Academy, at No. 125.

131. BOSTON (from Tampa Bay): With the pick acquired from the Lightning in the Benoit Pouliot deal, the Bruins add another playmaking center in Seth Griffith.

Griffith is small at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, but was productive in junior, putting up 45-40-85 totals with 49 penalty minutes in 68 games with London (OHL). He was the 158th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

115. Carolina (from Boston): With the pick acquired last summer from the Bruins for Joe Corvo, the Hurricanes take defenseman Trevor Carrick. He was the 44th-ranked North American skater after posting 6-13-19 totals in 68 games with Mississauga (OHL).

If you missed it earlier, the second round pick the Bruins gave up in the Tomas Kaberle deal ended up with Dallas, and the Stars took center Mike Winther at No. 54. He was the 21st-ranked North American skater and had 32-24-56 totals in 71 games with Prince Albert (WHL).

11:24 a.m.: There's been another deal, this one involving a couple of clubs north of the border as Toronto sends the rights to goalie Jonas Gustavsson to Winnipeg for a 2013 seventh-round pick.

That's quite a fall for "The Monster," who was once called the best goalie outside the NHL but never really lived up to that hype. Gustavsson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, but if signed could give the Jets some insurance if they have trouble signing restricted free agent netminder Ondrej Pavelec.

106. Ottawa: Two of Day 2's themes come together as the Senators take a guy with both New England roots and ties to a current NHLer, selecting defenseman Timothy Boyle in the fourth round.

Boyle, a defenseman from Hingham, Mass. who played at Nobles, is the brother of Rangers forward Brian Boyle. Timothy Boyle is a little smaller at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and is headed to Union College next year.

Boyle's Nobles teammate Andy Gilmour went to Minnesota at No. 98, so it's been a good round for the prep school in Dedham, Mass.

99. Carolina: It's been a big week for Erik Karlsson, signing a new $45.5 million deal, winning the Norris Trophy and now being drafted by the Hurricanes in the fourth round. OK, so this is actually a different Erik Karlsson. This one is a speedy left wing, and Carolina can only hope he develops into anything close to as big an impact player as his namesake.

10:55 a.m.: The Bruins have gotten into the trading action, sending the rights to restricted free agent forward Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay for the rights to unrestricted free agent forward Michel Ouellet and a fifth-round pick (131 overall).

Ouellet, 30, had 16-15-31 totals in 55 games with AHL champion Norfolk last year. He has played 190 games in the NHL, but his last stint was a three-game stay with Vancouver in 2008-09. He did put up back-to-back seasons of 16-16-32 and 19-29-48 in Pittsburgh in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Pouliot had 16-16-32 totals in his first and only year in Boston last season.

85. BOSTON: The Bruins have made their first pick of the second day, and tapped into the local talent pool as well with defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk.

He's a Charlestown boy, but has played the last two seasons in the U.S. Development Program, putting up 2-20-22 totals in 56 games with the under-18 squad this past year. He's on the small side for a defenseman at 5-foot-9, 171 pounds, but the Bruins haven't shied away from undersized blueliners in recent years.

75. Calgary: After just two goalies were picked in each of the first two rounds, there's been a run on netminders early in the third.

Six of them have been taken in the first 22 picks of this round, including South Portland, Maine native Jon Gillies to the Flames here.

10:41 a.m.: While the picks continue to roll in, there is some other news around the NHL. The Avalanche have announced that forward Matt Duchene, the third overall pick in 2009, has been re-signed to a two-year, $7 million deal.

66. Nashville: The draft has quickly moved on to the third round, but the local flavor continues with the Predators taking forward Jim Vesey of North Reading, Mass.

Vesey was passed over in last year's draft, but responded by shattering EJHL scoring records with a 48-43-91 line in 45 games for South Shore.

The Rangers got into the act as well, taking Cristoval Nieves from the Kent School (Conn.) at No. 59.

53. Tampa Bay and 56. St. Louis: New England is on the board, with a pair of local high school products going late in the second round.

The Lightning stuck first by taking right wing Brian Hart, a Cumberland, Maine native who played at Phillip Exeter last year. The Blues followed with another right wing, Reading, Mass. native and St. John's Prep product Samuel Kurker.

51. Montreal: The Bruins spiced up the rivalry with the Habs in the first round by taking Malcolm Subban, brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

Now the Habs have added a potential spark to that rivalry in a more traditional sense, drafting rugged defenseman Dalton Thrower, one of the toughest players available in the draft. The Habs could definitely use an infusion of grit and this pick shows new GM Marc Bergevin might have a different approach to that aspect of the game than the previous regime.

47. Carolina: The family connections continue with Carolina taking Guelph forward Brock McGinn, brother of Colorado's Jamie McGinn.

The Hurricanes know a thing or two about brother combinations, having reunited Jordan and Eric Staal with Friday's blockbuster deal to bring Jordan Staal to Carolina from Pittsburgh.

39. Winnipeg: The Jets continue the trend of family ties that began in the opening round by picking Lukas Sutter early in the second.

He's part of the huge hockey clan of Sutter, which includes his father Rich and his uncle Darryl, who guided the Kings to the Cup this year.

In the first round, there were a number of sons and brothers picked, including goalie Malcolm Subban by the Bruins. Subban's brother plays on the other side of hockey's oldest rivalry, with P.K. Subban a defenseman for Montreal.

Other family connections included Griffin Reinhart, son of former Canucks and Flames defenseman Paul Reinhart, selected fourth overall by the Islanders, Mark Jankowski, grandson of Red Wing Lou Jankowski and grand-nephew of the legendary Red Kelly, taken 21st by Calgary, Brendan Gaunce, whose brother Cameron Gaunce is in the Colorado system, picked 26th by Vancouver, Henrik Samuelsson, son of the infamous Ulf Samuelsson, selected 27th by Phoenix and Stefan Matteau, whose father, Stephane Matteau, lifted the Rangers past New Jersey in 1994 Eastern Conference Final, taken by those very same Devils with the 29th pick.

35. Toronto: The Leafs take advantage of the depth on defense in this draft by taking Matt Finn early in the second round.

The Guelph (OHL) blueliner was projected as a first-rounder. Toronto now has added two impressive young defensemen, with Morgan Rielly picked at No. 5 on Friday.

31. Columbus: The Blue Jackets open Day 2 by taking the top netminder remaining on the board in Oscar Dansk.

The Swedish goalie was considered in the same class as first-rounders Andrei Vasilevski and Malcolm Subban by many scouts.

10 a.m.: The draft is back under way in Pittsburgh. The picks will come fast and furious on Day 2, but we'll keep you updated on all the interesting and noteworthy selections throughout the day, plus any more trades that go down around the league.

So stick with our live blog to stay updated on all the action in one of the NHL's biggest events of the year. 

9:30 a.m.: The draft will resume down in Pittsburgh in about half an hour. Columbus will be on the clock with the first pick of the second round.

The Blue Jackets, and the teams to follow, will have plenty of quality options with some interesting names that slid out of the first round Friday night. Those include defensemen Matt Finn and Dalton Thrower, forwards Phillip DiGiuseppe, Tim Bozon, Martin Frk, Gemel Smith and Lukas Sutter and goalie Oscar Dansk. Jim Vesey, arguably the top New England player available, is also still waiting to have his name called.

8 a.m. ET: The opening round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft proved eventful Friday. History was made with eight defensemen picked in the top 10 and a record-tying 13 blueliners chosen overall.

And that was just the undercard to a big night of trades, headlined by the host Penguins sending Jordan Staal to Carolina for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick. Naturally, that pick was used on a defenseman, with Pittsburgh taking Derrick Pouliot.

The Bruins made waves with their pick at No. 24, spicing up the ancient rivalry with Montreal by selecting goalie Malcolm Subban, the brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

There are plenty more prospects with strong bloodlines available as the draft concludes on Saturday with the second through seventh rounds.

The Bruins don't pick again until the third round, where they hold the 85th overall selection. Boston traded its second-rounder to Toronto in the Tomas Kaberle trade, and the Leafs sent it on to Colorado in a deal for John-Michael Liles, and the Avalanche moved it once more to Washington as part of a trade for Semyon Varlamov.

Boston is also without its fourth-round pick, which was sent to Carolina for Joe Corvo, but does have picks in the fifth (145), sixth (175) and seventh rounds (205).

The drafts resumes at 10 a.m. in Pittsburgh. The picks will come fast and furious on Day 2, and there's sure to be some more trades, so stay with the NESN.com live blog as we'll keep you up to speed on everything happening.

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