The Boston Bruins have added four picks in the 2015 NHL Draft through two trades made Friday.
They sent 22-year-old first-pairing defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks. Those picks are Calgary’s first-rounder at No. 15, its second-rounder at No. 45 and the Washington Capitals’ second-rounder at No. 52, which the Flames acquired in the Curtis Glencross trade last season.
The Bruins followed that up by finalizing another blockbuster trade to send Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for a first-round pick (No. 13 overall), goaltender Martin Jones and defenseman prospect Colin Miller.
This gives the Bruins these 11 picks entering Round 1 of the draft Friday night:
Round 1: 13 (from L.A. Kings), 14, 15 (from Calgary)
Round 2: 37 (from Philadelphia), 45 (from Calgary), 52 (from Calgary via Washington)
Round 3: 75
Round 4: 105
Round 5: 135
Round 6: 165
Round 7: 195
The Bruins, obviously, have plenty of assets to use in a potential trade to move up in Round 1. In addition to having six picks in the top 55, B’s general manager Don Sweeney has five talented goaltenders to use in the trade market.
This draft class has elite-level talent and depth, and there are several players — maybe as many as 10 — with the potential to be franchise cornerstone players.
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