BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney
announced today, June 25, that the team has made four selections in rounds two-seven of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. They selected defenseman Ryan Lindgren in the second round with the 49th overall pick, forward Joona Koppanen in the fifth round with the 135th overall pick, defenseman Cameron Clarke in the fifth round with the 136th overall pick and forward Oskar Steen in the sixth round with the 165th overall pick.
Ryan Lindgren, 18, is a native of Burnsville, Minnesota and has played the last two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program. He recorded nine goals and 35 assists for 44 points and 145 penalty minutes in 116 games over that span. Last season, he registered 6 goals and 19 assists for 25 points and 60 penalty minutes in 61 games. During the 2014-2015 season, Lindgren had 3 goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 55 games played with 85 penalty minutes.
The 6’0”, 198 lb. defenseman took home a bronze medal in the World Junior Championships in 2016 with the U-18 team, which he captained. The left-shot has committed to play at the University of Minnesota (NCAA) in the fall.
Joona Koppanen, 18, is a native of Tampere, Finland and played last season for Ilves U-20 in Jr. A SM-liiga in Finland. Last season, Koppanen recorded nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 40 games with 14 penalty minutes. During the 2014-2015 season he recorded 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points and 20 penalty minutes in 38 games played with the U-18 team in Jr. B SM-sarja.
The 6’5”, 194 lb. center played at the 2016 World Junior Championships on Finland’s U-18 Team, which took home the gold medal.
Cameron Clarke, 18, is a native of Tecumseh, Michigan and played last season for the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). He registered nine goals and 41 assists for 50 total points and 29 penalty minutes in 59 games during the 2015-2016 season.
Prior to joining the Lone Star Brahmas, the 6’1”, 170 lb. defenseman played for the Sarnia Legionnaires of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) in 2014-2015, where he registered 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points and 26 penalty minutes in 49 games played. Clarke is committed to play at Ferris State University (NCAA) in the fall.
Oskar Steen, 18, has played for Farjestad BK J20 of the SuperElit League for the past two years, amassing 15-30=45 total points across 69 games. In 2015-16 he also competed in 17 games with Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League.
The 5’9”, 187 lb. forward also competed in the World Junior Championships for the Sweden U-18 team in 2016.
The Bruins also traded their seventh round pick in this year’s draft to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Florida’s seventh round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.