· Phil Kessel was part of a 2006 draft class that saw the most U.S. born players ever drafted in the 1st round (10)
· The Bruins have had four previous 8th overall picks in NHL drafts: Jim Booth (1964), Ray Bourque (1979), Johnathan Aitken (1996), and Sergei Samsonov (1997)
· The Bruins have only had three 1st overall picks in team history: Barry Gibbs (1966), Gord Kluzak (1982), and Joe Thornton (1997).
· Mark Stuart is part of a 2003 draft class that had the most U.S. college players selected (7).
· In 1979, all seven of the Bruin’s draft picks, including Ray Bourque, reached the ranks of the National Hockey League.
· Five current Bruins were Boston’s 1st round draft picks: Phil Kessel (5th overall in 2006), Matt Lashoff (22nd overall in 2005), Mark Stuart (21st overall in 2003) Hannu Toivonen (29th overall in 2002), and Glen Murray (18th overall in the 1991)
· An additional four B’s players were also drafted in the 1st round: Stanislav Chistov (Anaheim’s 1st round choice, 5th overall in 2001), Marco Sturm (San Jose’s 1st pick, 21st overall in 1996), Chuck Kobasew (Calgary’s 1st pick, 14th overall in 2001), and Aaron Ward (Winnipeg’s 1st choice, 5th overall in 1991)
· Aaron Ward and Phil Kessel are both in the top 10 of the highest drafted U.S. collegiate players (both were 5th overall).
· In 1981 Massachusetts’ St. John’s Prep became the first U.S. High School to have a player drafted in the first round when future Bruin Bob Carpenter went 3rd overall in Washington’s 1st round pick.
· Phil Kessel’s brother, Blake, projects to be selected in this year’s draft.
· The draft was held at the TD Banknorth Garden, then the FleetCenter, in 1999.
· The NHL draft has existed in a couple of different forms: The inception of the Amateur Draft came in 1963 in an effort to eliminate the effects of NHL Amateur Sponsorship. In 1979, the draft changed and was called the NHL Entry Draft to reflect the inclusion of young players now eligible for selection. From 1987-91, the selection of 18 and 19 year old players was restricted to the first three rounds of the draft, unless the player met qualifying criteria that dealt with hockey experience in major junior, US College, high school, or European hockey.Can't wait for Friday!