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Getting to Know: John Beecher

18-year-old centerman is committed to the University of Michigan

by Riley Nelson @NHLBruins / - The Boston Bruins selected forward John Beecher with the 30th overall pick (on Friday evening at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver.

"I've always watched the Bruins and admired them," said Beecher. "They've had a lot of success for a reason. They're world class. I mean, they do things the right way, so it's an honor and privilege to be a part of it."

The 18-year-old centerman explained his style of play.

"I'm a big power forward," he said. "I use my size and my speed to my advantage, and I think my game really translates well to Boston."

"I think there's a lot of growth left in his game," said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney. "He's already 6-3 and over 200 pounds and skating is so paramount in the NHL now, so he'll fit in well with our group."

Video: Bruins draft F John Beecher No. 30

Here is everything else you need to know about Beecher:

John Beecher: 1st Round, 30th Overall

Last team: United Stated Development Team Program (USHL)

Position: Forward

Height: 6 feet, 3 inches

Weight: 209 pounds

Shoots: Left

Birthday: April 5, 2001 (18 years old)

Hometown: Elmira, New York

Central Scouting: 49th-ranked North American skater

Miscellaneous: Beecher is a product of the United States Development Team Program (USHL). In 2018-19, the 18-year-old produced 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 27 games. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound forward recorded 25 points (9g, 16a) and a plus-11 rating in 34 games during the 2017-18 season with the USNTDP. 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. 

Beecher won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2019 U18 World Junior Championship where he recorded three goals and one assist for four points and a plus-four rating in seven games. He won a gold medal at the 2018 U17 World Hockey Championship, scoring one goal in six games. He is committed to the University of Michigan for the 2019-20 season.

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