a blog by Iron Horse
The TD Garden has a lot to look forward to this week in terms of draft, market moves, and the future of the teams that play here.
The Boston Celtics draft with the number 3 pick in less than a week and the Boston Bruins draft is a week from today, so we have plenty of things to talk about... I'm going to try and focus mostly on the Boston Bruins upcoming week ahead but I'll pepper in some Celtics. (I don't wanna step on Big Red's toes here.)
These last couple of weeks, the radio shows and talk around Boston have been flooded with the talk of the Celtics and what they're going to do with the #3 pick. But let's talk about Boston and what they may or may not be doing with this #14 pick. The Bruins are going to have to take a defensemen no question as the draft stands right now, they've been very forward heavy the past few seasons in the draft with not a lot of those picks panning out quite yet. Right now the Bruins are projected to pick Jakob Chychrun (D), A 6'2 194 lb defensemen from Boca Raton, FL. Believe it or not, he's 18 years old and will serve as a good prospect in the future when we have to replace Seids and Chara.
These 3 gentlemen were the Bruins picks at 14,15,16 last year in the first round of the 2015 draft. A result of the trading Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton. This is why the we come to this topic today. Now the Celtics look like they are heavily shopping their #3 pick with every intention of trading it for someone with that #1 star power and talent. The Bruins need to do something similar in the way of trading a young player as well as this pick for a top 4 defensemen. The Bruins are in DESPERATE need of a d man that is solid, and young. Not necessarily a stay at home defensemen, but a guy that knows how man up the best players on the opposing team and can play 25+ minutes a night for this team. I've heard Dimitri Kulikov of the Florida Panther's name tossed around a little bit, he's 25 years young and definitely a guy that could take on a bigger work load for this team.
The Boston Bruins as well as the Boston Celtics are both poised to make big trades either this week or the day of their respective drafts. The TD Garden has a promising future for the 2 teams that call the place home. The playoffs look like a promising thing for both of them. My question that I pose to you now is who do you think has a better shot at making the playoffs next year at this time? The Boston Celtics who made it this year but were quickly bounced in 6 games by the Hawks, or the Bruins who missed the playoffs by a singular game for the 2nd consecutive year.
The Boston Celtics will most likely trade the pick and an Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart for a Kevin Love type of talent.
Far as the Boston Bruins go they will NEED more help on the blue line this season if they even want to sniff the playoffs next year.
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