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2018 NHL Draft: Bruins Pick-by-Pick Rundown

Boston selects two defensemen, three forwards

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

DALLAS - The Bruins left the American Airlines Center on Saturday afternoon with five shiny new prospects in tow. Boston, which went without a selection during the first round of the NHL Entry Draft on Friday night, made each of their picks during rounds two through seven, landing two defensemen and three forwards.

The five picks hailed from five different countries, one each from Sweden, the Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, and Russia.

Here's a rundown of each pick with a scouting report courtesy of Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley.

Axel Andersson | D | 2nd Round, 57th Overall

The 6-foot, 178-pound native of Sweden, who was the 27th-ranked European skater, according to NHL Central Scouting, skated with Djugardens IF J20 last season, producing 6 goals and 25 assists (first on team) for 31 points in 42 games

"Staff was really high on him," Bradley said of the blue liner. "If he slipped that far, we would be really happy, and we are. He can really skate. One of the better skaters in the draft. He's real mobile up the ice.

"Didn't have great numbers with the national team, but different player with his junior club. Up the ice a lot, joining rushes. Internationally, they kind of pulled him back in so he didn't really produce offensively like he can."

Jakub Lauko | F | 3rd Round, 77th Overall

Bradley was extremely pleased to land the 18-year-old center out of the Czech Republic. Listed as the 20th-ranked European skater, Lauko spent the past two seasons with Pirati Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga, recording three goals and six assists for nine points in 42 games.

"We had him on our list, he was a first-round pick," said Bradley. "We're ecstatic to get a player like this at that point in the draft. He's fast. Energy, plays with a lot of character, willing to sacrifice, and this player can really shoot the puck. His best asset might be his speed. So, we're excited to have this player. We're looking forward to development camp. He's going to come in and hopefully turn some heads.

According to Bradley, one of Lauko's best assets is his versatility on and off the ice.

"I think he can play both [wing and center]," said Bradley. "He did play both. World Juniors, he had a good World Juniors. And at the combine, he was impressive at the combine in his off-ice stuff. The interview went well."

Curtis Hall | F | 4th Round, 119th Overall

The Princeton, N.J., native and Yale commit tallied 13 goals and 18 assists in 54 games for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL last season. Bradley lauded the 6-foot-2, 200-pound center's strength.

"Big boy. We followed him all year. We closely watched him. Powerful player. We found a lot of power in his game," said Bradley. "I think he'll have the ability to play wing and center. Right now, he played mostly center. Strong playoff, they went to the finals; they lost in the finals.

"We think there's a lot of upside, a lot of development there that he can turn into a power forward. That size, it's hard to find that size. We keep looking for it, and we took a swing with this guy."

Dustyn McFaul | D | 6th Round, 181st Overall

McFaul, a Clarkson University commit, recorded 4 goals and 15 assists for 19 points in 38 games for Pickering of the OJHL last season. The 17-year-old added one goal and one assist for two points in seven playoff games.

"Interesting because he was a late bloomer," Bradley said of the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Waterdown, Ontario, native. "We think he'll end up playing USHL or maybe BC Junior Hockey League. Competitive, two-way defenseman that moves the puck, that competes. Our guys talked about how he competes on pucks and how he moves the puck. Skating is pretty good.

"He still needs to fill out…his legs and frame are long. Needs to put on about 10, 15 pounds for sure. We're excited to get him."

Pavel Shen | F | 7th Round, 212th Overall

Another flexible forward, the Russia native collected 14 goals and 14 assists between Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk in the KHL and Mamonty Yugry in the MHL last season.

"I think he can play both center and wing," said Bradley. "He played 29 games in the pro league…he didn't play a lot in the KHL, didn't see a lot of minutes, but in his junior league, lot of minutes, solid distributor of the puck. Taking a shot with a Russian. We haven't for a while, and I think it's a good swing here."

Michael Tolvo and Mark Garbino contributed to this report.

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