Boston Bruins rank No. 32 in NHL Pipeline Rankings for 2022

August 22, 2022

The Bruins being in final place is a mixture of a scarcity of picks, and the few picks they’ve had — reminiscent of John Beecher — not growing all that properly. Beecher, Fabian Lysell and Mason Lohrei lead this technique, they usually all appear to be they’re going to be NHL gamers, however there doesn’t look to be a lot depth or impression on this system.

Key graduates: Jeremy Swayman, Jack Studnicka

2021 rating: No. 29

2022 NHL Draft grade: C-

Full 2022-23 NHL Pipeline Rankings

Participant Rating

1. Fabian Lysell, RW

19 years previous | 5-foot-10 | 172 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 21 in 2021
Tier: Center of the lineup participant

Skating: Above NHL common
Puck abilities: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Under NHL common

Evaluation: Lysell had a advantageous first season in North America. He didn’t rating as a lot as anticipated within the common season however was wonderful within the WHL playoffs. His skating is a transparent NHL asset. Lysell has shifty edge work and his pace will stress NHL defensemen. He could make extremely expert performs by way of checks at quick speeds. Lysell sees the ice properly and may hit seams. His measurement and compete are the most important knocks on him, as he tends to float to the surface and will be taken out of video games bodily. On account of his pure expertise degree although he tasks as a top-nine winger.

2. John Beecher, C

21 years previous | 6-foot-3 | 210 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 30 in 2019
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Above NHL common
Puck abilities: Under NHL common
Hockey sense: Under NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Evaluation: Beecher didn’t have the offensive manufacturing you hoped for when he went again for his junior season to Michigan, though he scored at an excellent price in his temporary time within the AHL. Beecher is a high-end athlete with a tall, robust body and wonderful pace, particularly for his measurement. Beecher generates a variety of breakaways and can be capable to flip round NHL defensemen on account of his pace, size and energy. The talk shall be simply how a lot offense he has. Regardless, I feel he’s a bottom-six ahead, but when there’s even some offense he might play greater in a lineup.

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3. Mason Lohrei, D

21 years previous | 6-foot-4 | 195 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 58 in 2020
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Poor
Puck abilities: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Evaluation: Lohrei was a point-per-game defenseman as an older freshman at OSU. He has legit offensive talents. Lohrei shows robust puck abilities and imaginative and prescient. Contained in the offensive zone he makes a variety of performs, and whereas he didn’t rating as a lot this season as a junior he was a goal-scoring menace too. The large debate on him shall be his skating. He has a heavy stride that can restrict him defensively versus males. Given his body and talent I feel he’s going to make it to the NHL, however he could must be utilized in a particular approach.

Has an opportunity to play (listed alphabetically)

Michael Callahan, D

22 years previous | 6-foot-2 | 197 kilos | Shoots left

Acquired through commerce

Evaluation: Callahan is a great, aggressive defenseman with respectable measurement however whether or not he’s cell sufficient for the NHL is the query on his recreation.

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Riley Duran, RW

20 years previous | 6-foot-1 | 174 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 182 in 2020

Evaluation: Duran is a decent-sized ahead with an excellent shot and a few offense, however his skating wants work.

Ty Gallagher, D

19 years previous | 6 ft | 187 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 217 in 2021

Evaluation: Gallagher has some puck-moving capability and a heavy shot, however his skating isn’t the perfect and whether or not his pure puck recreation is robust sufficient to create offense versus professionals is debatable.

Brett Harrison, C

19 years previous | 6-foot-2 | 188 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 85 in 2021

Evaluation: Harrison is a great participant who can play at each ends of the ice. Offensively he generates by way of having some imaginative and prescient with the puck and a harmful shot from vary. His footspeed and pure talent degree don’t get you overly excited although.

Jakub Lauko, LW

22 years previous | 6 ft | 179 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 77 in 2018

Evaluation: Lauko’s skating is superb and he places in an sincere effort, however the query is simply how a lot offense he has, particularly after solely scoring 16 factors in 54 AHL video games this season.

Dans Locmelis, C

18 years previous | 5-foot-11 | 157 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 119 in 2022

Evaluation: Locmelis didn’t have an enormous season in Sweden however he performed properly internationally for Latvia. He has nice talent and offensive creativity. He’s not that massive or quick, however he works onerous sufficient off the puck to present himself an opportunity to make it and may kill penalties.

Matias Mäntykivi, C

21 years previous | 5-foot-11 | 159 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 185 in 2019

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Evaluation: Mäntykivi is an clever ahead with some offense who doesn’t shy from enjoying within the excessive visitors areas. He lacks NHL pace although, particularly for a 5-foot-11 ahead.

Matthew Poitras, C

18 years previous | 5-foot-11 | 177 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 54 in 2022

Evaluation: Poitras brings a excessive talent and compete degree to each shift. He’s in a position to manipulate pucks properly in tight areas to create offense. He exhibits good instincts as a playmaker and may shoot the puck properly sufficient to attain from the dots. He’s not the most important man, however he works onerous, wins puck battles and isn’t afraid to take successful to generate possibilities. The primary draw back to his recreation apart from his body is his lack of pace and talent to separate from checks. For that motive I can’t but see him as an NHLer, however his talent and hustle give him a shot.


Participant Eligibility: All skaters who’re 22 years previous or youthful as of Sept. 15, 2022, no matter what number of NHL video games they’ve performed, are eligible. Participant heights and weights are taken from the NHL.

Device grades: Device grades are based mostly on a scale with six separate ranges, with an eye fixed towards how this attribute would grade within the NHL (poor, below-average, common, above-average, high-end and elite). “Common” on this scale means the device tasks as NHL common, which is supposed as a optimistic, not a criticism. Skating, puck abilities, hockey sense and compete for each projected NHL participant are graded. Shot grades are solely included if a shot is notably good or poor.

Tier Definitions: Tiers are supposed to present roughly the place in a median NHL lineup a participant tasks to fit in.

(Illustration: Wes McCabe / The Athletic; photograph of Fabian Lysell: Bruce Bennett / Getty Pictures)