15 Draft Mistakes The Boston Bruins Should Still Be Embarrassed About
The game of hockey as we know it has been played for over two hundred years, and although the rules and complexion of the game have changed over all that time, it is still a game which is played on ice and which involves shooting an object into a net. Hockey became so popular in the northern regions of North America, that it ultimately led to the creation of the National Hockey League in 1917, and when the NHL came into being, it brought six original teams into the fold. The Boston Bruins were one of those six teams, and the club has been playing professional hockey since 1924, and in that time, not only has the team won a total of six Stanley Cup championships, but it has also produced several of the best players to ever play in the league: Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and many others.
Like every other hockey team, the Bruins now gather in a different city each year to participate in the draft, an event in which teams get to select young and talented players who they hope will make them more competitive in the future. The Bruins have had their fair share of good draft picks, as they have selected great players like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Joe Thornton, and Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque; but like most teams, the majority of their draft picks do not turn into quality NHL players. There are instances down the line, when a team deeply regrets drafting a certain player, and since the Bruins have been around for so long, they have made quite a few bad drafting choices that have left them both embarrassed and regretful, and this article’s job is to identify the 15 draft mistakes that the Bruins are still probably embarrassed about.
15. DMITRI KVARTALNOV
We start this list off with a forward whom the Boston Bruins believed was going to be a big help for them offensively, but as fate would have it, Dmitri Kvartalnov was not meant to play in the NHL for long. The Bruins drafted this Russian winger 16th overall back in 1992, and the reason for him being ranked so high was because that same year, he lit up the International Hockey League with 60 goals and 118 points, which earned him that league’s MVP award. Kvartalnov made his debut the very next season, and had a great start to his career by finishing the year with 30 goals and 72 points, but the following season, his production seemingly fell off a cliff, which is why he spent the majority of that season in the minors. Ultimately, his second NHL season turned out to be his last, and he would go on to spend the final 14 years of his career playing over in Europe.
14. JOHNATHAN AITKEN
After playing within the organization for two years, Boston released Aitken with just three games on the main roster under his belt. This was not the end of his NHL career though, as he returned from a European stint to play with Chicago for 1 year, where he had just one assist in 41 games. In retrospect, the Bruins would have been better off had they drafted someone like Dainius Zubris, or Daniel Briere, who were both taken later in that same draft.