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Bish's Blog: 2009 NHL Entry Draft

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
June 27, 2009

3:07 p.m.
Official Release
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has made four selections on day two of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, tabbing defenseman Ryan Button, forward Lane Macdermid, forward Tyler Randell, and forward Ben Sexton.

2:16 p.m.
The 2009 Draft is over...
Ben Sexton was the B's final pick. The official release outlining the day is coming...

1:00 p.m.
With the 176th pick the B's choose Tyler Randell.

12:00 p.m.
Just got off the phone with Ryan -- look for that interview in a few. But let's get us up to date...

In the 4th Round, with the 112th pick, Boston chose Lane MacDermid.

11:30 p.m.
Button Tidbits (from
• Button had a breakout season in 2008-09, ranking first among Prince Albert’s defensemen with 32 assists (5-32-37) in 70 games. He started last season playing Midget hockey in Edmonton before joining the Raiders, recording eight assists (0-8-8) in 58 games as a rookie.

• He comes by his athletic ability honestly as his dad, Kevin, has competed in several triathlons and finished an Ironman in 1998. His cousin, Jennifer Button, was a member of the Canadian National Swim Team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

• After learning to skate before he was three years old, his first hockey team was the Westridge Bears. Growing up in Edmonton, his minor hockey was split between Westridge, Whitemud West and the Canadian Athletic Club.

• Button credits his dad for having the most influence on his career - “he coached me throughout my entire minor hockey years and is always willing to find time to help me get better.”

• Pavel Bure was his childhood hockey idol because of his speed and skill and if he could have dinner with any three people he would choose: his ‘favorite player’ Scott Niedermayer, the ‘successful businessman’ Donald Trump and the ‘determined’ Tiger Woods.

11:19 a.m.
Boston selects Ryan Button. We are trying to see if he is in the arena. If not, I will get him on the phone.

11:02 a.m.
Ryan Bourque, son of Ray and brother of Chris, is now a New York Ranger. I'm heading to the floor for the B's.

10:57 a.m.
We are well into the third round -- look for Boston at 86.

10:24 a.m.
Things look pretty quiet around the B's table.

In the meantime, why not listen in to Jordan Caron's media scrum from yesterday.

10:08 a.m.
The day has started and since these picks are going to go much faster, please follow along here. I'll be following whatever Bruins story lines pop up throughout the day.

As of right now, Boston does not have a pick in the second round.

10:03 a.m.
NHL Network is reporting that Jay Bouwmeester (or at least his rights) is now a Calgary Flame, with Jordan Leopold going to Florida.

9:48 a.m.
While I was interviewing Jordan Caron, the following picks happened to close out the first round:

At 26 Anaheim took Kyle Palmieri.
At 27 Carolina picked Philippe Paradis.
At 28 Dylan Olsen went to Chicago.
At 29 Tampa Bay grabbed Carter Ashton.
And at 30 Pittsburgh chose Simon Despres.

And now you are up to date...

9:36 a.m.
The Bruins have four picks on day two, in the third round (86th overall), in the fourth round (112th overall), sixth round (176th overall) and seventh round (206th overall).

The executive crew is making its way down to the draft floor.

8:40 a.m.
The B's are back in the Bell Centre getting ready for rounds 2-7...
June 26, 2009
1:28 a.m.
Back at the hotel...
Alright. It's been a couple of hours of running around. But hey, it will be worth it to when we are able to share some vids of the B's #1 pick Jordan Caron and GM Peter Chiarelli with you first thing -- er, I mean later -- this morning.

But, I did want to share Jordan's thoughts on his first few moments as a Bruin.

"I had no idea where I was going to go," said Caron.  "There were a lot of teams I met with twice [and] Carolina was right after Boston, so I thought maybe I had a chance there.

"But Boston is unbelievable!"

And how was he feeling before the draft?

"There’s no words for that.  I was shaking all over the place," said the young forward.

10:27 p.m.

The Bruins select right wing Jordan Caron with their 25th pick.

10:20 p.m.
Washington picks Marcus Johansson. Boston is next...

10:19 p.m.
I hear Washington and Boston are talking...

10:15 p.m.
Calgary selects Tim Erixon.

10:10 p.m.
Jordan Schroeder is Canucks property. We're inching closer, folks.

9:58 p.m.
Another trade: Columbus picks next after trading up with Anaheim. They pick John Moore.

9:56 p.m.
While I was in transit, the Devils traded up (from Calgary) to get Jacob Josefson.

9:44 p.m.
Massachusett's Chris Kreider is a Ranger. Everyone has terrific things to say about this young man. You can see him at BC in the near future.

I am heading down to the event floor...

9:35 p.m.
Louis Leblanc (who will be going to Harvard to play for Ted Donato) is chosen by the Habs. The local product was serenaded by a chant of "Looooouis. Loooooouis." Very cool.

9:34 p.m.
Bob Gainey heads to the stage following a chant of "Go Habs Go!"

9:29 p.m.
Here come the Habs...the crowd is excited for the Canadiens first pick.

9:27 p.m.
David Rundblad is going to St. Louis.

9:23 p.m.
Nick Leddy goes to Minnesota.

9:19 p.m.
Down at the B's table, the always intense Bruins head coach Julien looks like he is anxious to actually coach someone. He, like everyone else at the B's table, seem to be involved in some deep on-and-off conversations. Hang in there Bruins!

The Isles' Garth Snow just stopped by...

9:16 p.m.
Ducks select Peter Holland.

9:14 p.m.
Much quieter at the B's table...

9:08 p.m.
Flordia picks Dmitry Kulikov.

9:03 p.m.
Zack Kassian (compared by some to our #17) is a Sabre.

8:58 p.m.
Peter Chiarelli is back on the phone...

8:54 p.m.
Calvin De Haan is an Islander.

8:52 p.m.
Another paper trade: Islanders take the next pick from the Wild (who get picks 16, 77 and 182).

8:51 p.m.
Chiarelli, Neely, Smith, Bradley, D. Sweeney and Benning -- a lot of talking.

8:46 p.m.
Peter Chiarelli was just seen on the phone (for the first time tonight?). A second look seems to indicate a lot of discussion around the B's GM.

8:44 p.m.
Ryan Ellis is a Predator.

8:39 p.m.
Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe just said (on TSN) that he wants his Oilers to be "harder to play against".

8:36 p.m.
Edmonton picks Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.

8:31 p.m.
Ottawa GM Bryan Murray tells TSN that he does not think Dany Heatley will be traded tonight.

8:26 p.m.
Ottawa picks Jared Cowen.

8:18 p.m.
No trade (yet). Scott Glennie is a Dallas Star.

8:16 p.m.
Stars Twitter feed says "trade possible."

8:10 p.m.
Nazem Kadri to Toronto as the boos rained down on GM Burke...

8:06 p.m.
The arena just woke up -- Toronto picks next.

8:04 p.m.
Phoenix takes Oliver Ekmann-Larsson.

8:02 p.m.
Another trade: I think I have this right -- Colombus trades 2009 draft picks #'s 16, 77 to NYI in exchange for New York's picks at #'s 26, 37, 62, 92.

7:56 p.m.
Los Angeles picks Brayden Schenn. TSN just showed Brian Burke from Toronto shaking his head -- apparently he really wanted Schenn.

7:45 p.m.
Milan Lucic's teammate from the Vancouver Giants, Evander Kane, goes to Atlanta.

7:38 p.m.
Matt Duchene is picked by Colorado.

7:35 p.m.
Trade Finalized: Pronger to Philly...

7:27 p.m.
Victor Hedman is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

7:24 p.m.
TSN is reporting that Philadelphia has acquired Chris Pronger.

7:18 p.m.
The Islanders pick John Tavares with their first pick and the first pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

7:13 p.m.
Commissioner Gary Bettman is on the podium to open the festivities.

7:01 p.m.
Outgoing Habs owner George Gillett is addressing the crowd. He has gotten a very warm reception.

6:51 p.m.
And away we go... E.J. Maguire is announcing the teams and the Montreal fans booed the Bruins. Ha!

I got to speak to Peter Chiarelli just a second ago and asked if there were anything he could update us on, predraft: "We've had a couple of discussions with a couple of teams on moving our's a tough road -- even to move up positions it's hard. There's still a lot of time left [with] at least three hours in the first round, so we'll see what we can do."

Check out that video interview with the GM, here.

5:59 p.m.
Let's get this thing started, already [foot tapping]!

4:56 p.m.
Welcome to the Bell Centre
Bell Centre Stage
The young man who is serving as our runner tonight (from the B's draft table to everywhere in the building) was roundly booed as he donned his Black & Gold jersey.

Ahhhhhh Montreal.

3:33 p.m.
A quick look around the web shows that the rumors are intensifying. But, in the end, if something big does go down, it would be pretty surprising.

"I don’t think something big will get done generally speaking," said GM Peter Chiarelli earlier today. "You look at the draft as an opportunity maybe because everyone is in the same location and those first round and 2nd round picks are enticing.

"[So] you look to try and do things and attach to those picks as far as those deals."

However, EVERYONE is looking to make their own situations better.

"Everyone is in the same boat," said Chiarelli. "It happens, you have discussions.

"I know there was a report this morning and I think it’s unfair to everyone involved, whether it's true or not to have that stuff reported.

"I understand it’s [the media's] job too so that’s part of the allure of the draft too."

Time to head to the Bell Centre. Stay tuned...

11:42 a.m.
Chiarelli Press Availability: Video | Audio
As per usual, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli spoke, but did not "say" very much during his first press availability of the day.

He did, however, talk about possible movement of players or draft pics over the next 48-hours. Joking that he had heard about rumors linking the Bruins with the Maple Leafs via the web when he woke up this morning, Chiarelli implied that rumors are part of the deal.

"There's teams that discuss a lot of different things during the draft period, and we're one of them," he said. "Everyone holds their cards tight to their vest."

And, while agreeing with one reporters statement that most draft day deals happen on the floor in front of the cameras, Chiarelli laughed and agreed.

"It always seems like these things have to take place when you are on a certain network during the draft," he said. "Myself, personally, I would think that if you want to try and do something and you know what you want and you know what you are willing to trade -- you get it done.

"But it never happens that way."

Chiarelli indicated that announcing any deals immediately was the fairest way to treat all parties.

Moving beyond the rumors about player movement, Chiarelli spoke about moving up in the draft.

"We've looked at a couple of areas [in terms of moving up in the draft], and realistically, right now, I'd say I can't," admitted the B's board room boss. "But we have a full day in front of us and we have that three or four hour period on the draft floor -- a lot of different things happen."

Hold on tight, folks. This could be quite a ride.

7:54 a.m.

Chiarelli at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
And we're baaaaaaaaaack.

It is very good to have some hockey news to blog about and the next two days should give us plenty if facts (picks or trades) to mull over.

"I don’t know if there will be any more trades than we’ve seen in the past," said Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Tuesday. "You get the sense that there is more activity in those conversations and discussions.

"I would assume that a lot of these other managers...are thinking conservative like myself.

"So, it’s increased activity but I don’t know if that translates into more trades."

That's good news to some fans, bad news for some others, but it certainly makes for an interesting 48-hours.

"I’d like to accomplish a few things," began Chiarelli when he laid out his plans earlier this week. "I’d like to get a second round pick [but] I wouldn’t be devastated if I didn’t because we feel that there are a couple of good players a little later on down the draft."

Would the B's like to move up in the first round?

"I’ve had a couple of discussions on moving to a couple of slots up," said Chiarelli.  "It heats up when we all get there and are all loitering around and speaking to each other.

"Our guys have their eyes on this one player that is higher than where we are picking, so certainly one of my goals is at least trying to move up. I don’t know if I’ll succeed at it but we’ll try."

As far as the B's draft philosophy, Chiarelli said the B's would attemp to pick the best player available when they take the podium (as opposed to picking for position).

"But because now we’re picking 25 we’ve got an alternate list that we’ll look at based on kind of a combination of both best player and need," he said. "We’ve haven’t drafted a lot of defenseman lately, so I asked our guys to rank our players not based on need but based on best player and then maybe when we’re down there we’ll have a look at it [again].

"It’s sometimes dangerous when you draft on need, but there are some good defensemen in that first round."

Beyond that?

"We’ve got our third and then we’ve got at the least Philly’s 4th -- it depends what they do with Andrew Alberts," explained the B's boss. "If they sign him before the draft we get their third and if they sign him after that we get their fourth...and then we flip our fourth for their third next year. 

"Our fourth is in Minnesota [and]  then we have our sixth and seventh."

Chiarelli will update the press at 11:00 a.m.
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