BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 27, that the team has made seven selections in the rounds two-seven of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. They selected defenseman Brandon Carlo with the 37th overall pick, forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson with the 45th overall pick, defenseman Jeremy Lauzon with the 52nd overall pick, goaltender Daniel Vladar with the 75th overall pick, forward Jesse Gabrielle with the 105th overall pick, forward Cameron Hughes with the 165th overall pick, and forward Jack Becker with the 195th overall pick. The Bruins also traded their 5th round pick (135th overall) to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Minnesota’s natural 5th round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Carlo, 18, played the last two seasons for Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He served as Alternate Captain for the Americans during 2014-15 and earned 4-21=25 totals with 90 PIM in 63 games played. The native of Colorado Springs, CO has twice represented the U.S. in international play at the 2015 World Junior Championship (0-1=1 totals in 5 games) and earned a Silver medal at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.
The 6’5”, 196 lb. defenseman is a right shot who posted 3-10=13 totals in 2013-14 with Tri-City.
Forsbacka-Karlsson, 18, is a native of Stockholm, Sweden who played his past two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). In 2014-15 with the Lancers, Forsbacka-Karlsson paced the club with 53 points (15-38=53) in 50 games. He won gold with Sweden at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, contributing five points (2-3=5) in six games. He also represented his country at both the 2013 and 2014 Under-18 World Junior Championship.
The 6’1”, 190 lb. forward collected two points (1-1=2) at the 2015 USHL Top Prospects Game en route to capturing MVP honors for Team West. Forsbacka-Karlsson has committed to Boston University for the fall of 2015.
Lauzon, 18, is a native of Val d'Or, Quebec who has played two seasons with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In 2014-15, Lauzon paced Huskies blueliners with 15 goals and added 21 assists for 36 total points in 60 GP. He also accrued 88 penalty minutes and his plus-12 rating was the third-highest on the team.
The 6’2”, 193 lb. defenseman posted 5-11=16 totals and 64 penalty minutes in 55 games with Rouyn-Noranda in 2013-14.
Vladar, 18, is a native of Prague, Czech Republic who spent the majority of 2014-15 with Kladno’s junior team where he posted a 2.78 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 29 contests. The 6’5”, 185 lb. goaltender is a regular on the international stage, earning silver medals for the Czech Republic at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship and 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. He also represented his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship, 2015 Under-18 World Championship and the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
This season Gabrielle, the Moosomin, Saskatchewan native, split time between the Regina Pats and the Brandon Wheat Kings, both of the WHL, appearing in 33 games for each team. He recorded 13-12=25 totals for the Brandon Wheat Kings and 10-9=19 totals for the Regina Pats in the regular season, also adding a goal and four assists in nine playoff games for Regina. In three seasons in the WHL, from 2013-2015, the 6’0”, 205-pound forward has played in 117 games, scoring 35 goals and 35 assists for 70 total points along with 187 penalty minutes.
Hughes, 18, is a native of Edmonton, Alberta who spent the last season playing for the University of Wisconsin (Big-10) earning 3-10=13 totals with 35 PIM in 34 games played. The 6’0”, 165 lb. forward also played two seasons with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) posting 32-56=88 totals in 112 games played from 2012-14. Hughes also contributed 4 goals and 22 assists for 26 points in 32 career playoff games.
Becker played 23 games for his hometown school of Mahtomedi High last season, where he racked up 22 goals and 25 assists for 47 points. In the 2014-15 season the Mahtomedi, Minnesota native also played in two games for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, where he recorded one assist. In three seasons playing Minnesota high school hockey for Mahtomedi High, the 6’3”, 190-pound forward has competed in 73 games, scoring 55 goals and 55 assists for 110 total points. Becker also contributed 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 point in 11 career playoff games.