Welcome to the first draft pick update for the month of March. Yes, draft watchers, the season is winding down. We're a little over 30 days from the conclusion of the regular season, and the 2011 lottery will follow soon thereafter.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs have picked it up considerably since January, while other teams around them have been in steady free fall: Colorado, St. Louis, Florida and Atlanta to name a few. The long and the short of it is this: the Leafs have kept the teams who have been behind them in the standings in the rearview mirror, while moving past clubs ahead of them. They've moved out of the bottom five and are knocking on the door to get out of the top-10.
The way we see it, if the Bruins are picking seventh or earlier, it will be a huge bonus. At this point, it just looks like Toronto is going to be good enough to finish anywhere from 8-11 and possibly even higher if James Reimer keeps stealing games for them. Toronto has a chance to pick up points in the standings with games against the Islanders, Panthers and Avalanche in the next 14 days. They also have some important swing games in the standings vs. Buffalo and Carolina. The Bruins get the Leafs twice this month, too.
So, that's the waffle watch for the week.
2011 Boston Bruins draft picks as of 07 Mar (6 total picks plus one pending conditional 7th from FLA)
9th overall- Toronto (67 points; 29-28-9)- Completes Phil Kessel trade.
46th overall- Minnesota (75 points;34-25-7)- Completes Chuck Kobasew trade.
79th overall- Phoenix (78 points; 34-23-10) - Completes Derek Morris trade.
117th overall- Boston (84 points; 38-19-8)
147th overall- Boston
177th overall- Boston
185th overall- Florida (conditional 61 pts; 26-31-9)- Jeff LoVecchio, Jordan Knackstedt to Panthers for Sean Zimmerman, cond. 7th
Traded Picks- 2011 (4 Boston 2011 picks traded in Rounds 1-3, 7)
27th overall- Boston pick Traded to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle
57th overall- Boston pick Traded to Ottawa for Chris Kelly
87th overall Boston pick traded to Florida; Completes Nathan Horton deal
207th overall Boston pick traded to Chicago (Zach Trotman)
Boston Bruins 2012 Draft Picks
2nd- Traded to TOR; conditional: If BOS makes Stanley Cup final or Kaberle re-signed, pick goes to Leafs