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2019 NHL Draft Recap: Pick-By-Pick Breakdown

Bruins make five selections, adding four forwards and one defenseman

by Eric Russo and Riley Nelson @NHLBruins /

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Bruins left here on Saturday afternoon with five shiny new prospects in their toolbox after selecting four forwards and a defenseman during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft at Rogers Arena.

The crop's headliner was first-round pick John Beecher, a centerman out of the United States National Team Development Program that boasts an impressive blend of size (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) and elite skating.

Rounding out the Black & Gold's 2019 Draft class on Day 2 were forwards Quinn Olson, Matias Mantykivi, and Jake Schmaltz, as well as Russian blue liner Roman Bychkov.

"I think we got some depth," Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley said following the Draft's conclusion on Saturday afternoon. "You know, we spread it out pretty good. We got a couple good forwards, got the D-man from Russia, so we're excited…we hit on a lot of guys on our list."

Here's a closer look at Boston's five newest prospects:

Round 1, 30th Overall | John Beecher

Beecher is a product of the United States National Team Development Program. In 63 games for the USNTDP last season, Beecher - one of a record eight players from the U.S. program selected in the first round on Friday night - tallied 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists).

The University of Michigan commit also tallied three goals and an assist in seven games for the United States at the 2019 U-18 World Junior Championship, helping Team USA to the bronze medal.

In 2016-17, the Elmira, New York native skated in 30 games, accumulating 12 goals and 12 assists for 34 points at the Salisbury School (USHS-Prep) in Connecticut.

"He's a specimen, can really skate," said Bradley. "He's got a great pair of legs, big, strong, strong on pucks. We project him to be a two-way guy, and we think he's got more offense than he's showed this year. We've checked him pretty good."

A more in depth look at Beecher is here.

Video: Beecher speaks after being selected 30th Overall

Round 3, 92nd Overall | Quinn Olson

Olson spent the past two seasons with the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL). In 2018-19, the 18-year-old forward produced 20 goals and 46 assists for 66 points in 54 games. In the team's postseason run, the Calgary native scored five goals and notched 10 assists for 15 points in 13 games. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder tallied 14 goals and 39 assists for 53 points in 59 games during the 2017-18 season. During the playoffs, Olson recorded 10 points (goal, nine assists) in 15 games. In 2016-17, the Calgary, Alberta native skated in 30 games for Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA (AMHL), accumulating 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points.

"Two-way center, has a great pair of legs, has got deceptive speed, plays…he has excellent vision…a little undersized at this time," said Bradley. "He hasn't been through some development there physically, but we're excited about this player. If he can develop and put some weight on him, he's got some jam."

Olson is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2020-21 season.

"For sure, it matters," Bradley said of Olson's commitment. "Here's a good school, great program. He's an offensive inclined player that kills penalties, and he has some layers to him."

More reaction from Olson.

Video: Bradley recaps the Bruins 2019 NHL Draft

Round 5, 154th Overall | Roman Bychkov

Bychkov spent the past two seasons with Yaroslavl Loko (MHL). In 2018-19, the 18-year-old Russian produced two goals and 13 assists for 15 points and a plus-17 rating in 40 games. He also skated in three games for Yaroslavl Loko Junior (NMHL). The 5-foot-11, 170-pound blue liner tallied four assists in 20 games during the 2017-18 season.

He also played in 24 games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17 (Russia U17), tallying 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists), and three games for Yaroslavl Loko Junior (NMHL), recording three assists and a plus-four rating. In 2016-17, the Yaroslavl, Russia native skated in 31 games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U16 (Russia U16), accumulating five goals and nine assists for 14 points.

Bychkov represented Russia at the 2019 U18 World Junior Championship, tallying one assist in six games.

Video: Bruins GM Don Sweeney discusses the first round pick

Round 6, 185th Overall | Matias Mantykivi

Mantykivi has played with SaiPa teams for the past three seasons. In 2018-19, the 18-year-old Finland native helped captain SaiPa U20 (jr. A SM-liiga), tallying 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points in 34 games. He skated in nine games for SaiPa U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja), producing 13 points (seven goals, six assists). He scored one goal in six games with SaiPa (Liiga) and was loaned to Kettera where he tallied four assists in 11 games in the regular season and six points (goal, five assists) in 13 playoff games.

"Mantykivi got a championship in the Finnish first division," said Bradley. "Very smart player…his hockey sense stood out."

The 5-foot-11, 161-pound forward tallied 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 14 games with SaiPa U18 (Jr. B Mestis Q), 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 12 games with SaiPa U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja) and 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 29 games with SaiPa U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) during the 2017-18 season.

"I [was watching] in Finland. I'm just happy," said Mantykivi, who noted that he models his game after former NHLer Pavel Datsyuk. "It was nice to hear my own name called out…playmaking is my No.1 thing."

Round 7, 192nd Overall | Jake Schmaltz

Schmaltz played for the USHL's Chicago Steel this season, scoring five goals and tallying 13 assists for 18 points and a plus-six rating in 60 games. During the playoffs, the forward recorded two assists in 11 games. In 2017-18, the 18-year-old played for Madison Edgewood Prep (USHS-WI), recording 56 points (32 goals, 24 assists) in 24 games.

"He was a real core anchor for them," said Bradley. "He anchored their third line this year. He went deep into the finals, and we thought he was a big part of their team…he killed penalties...he's a developing kid - he's 6-1, he's 180 right now, and we project him to be close to 200 pounds, maybe 6-2. Two-way player…skating and will pick up with some strength, so I think he's got a lot of positives."

The 6-foot-1, 167-pound forward tallied 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 24 games with Edgewood in 2016-17. The McFarland, Wisconsin native also skated in 35 games for Team Wisconsin 15U (Midget), producing 27 points (14g, 13a) and in five games for Team Wisconsin 15U (NAPHL 15U), recording five assists.

Schmaltz is committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2020-21 season.

"He's got a lot of upside, committed to North Dakota," added Bradley. "He's got a two-way element to his game as well that we can see is kind of a trend in the last couple of years. We look heavily at the centers that we know can play two positions. We're excited about a lot of these players."

More reaction from Schmaltz.

The Bruins' annual Development Camp will be held Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 28 at Warrior Ice Arena.  

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