Boston Bruins got little return from 2009 NHL Draft

By Richard Murray

Jordan Caron - Boston Bruins

Photo: Selected 25th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, forward Jordan Caron has appeared in 113 NHL games with the Boston Bruins. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The Boston Bruins 2009 NHL Draft class has been a disappointment. Of their five picks, only two have sniffed the NHL, with only first round pick Jordan Caron looking like an NHL regular.

Jordan Caron, RW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) – 1st round, 25th overall
Status: NHL Player
NHL games played: 113

When Jordan Caron was originally drafted, he projected as a second line, two-way type player, but he is having trouble locking down a spot on the Bruins roster. He has played in 25 games this season but only generated one goal.

In 113 NHL games, Caron has 12 goals and 14 assists (26 points). At this point, the 23-year-old does not seem to be anything more than a fourth line grinder or 13th forward.

Ryan Button, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) – 3rd round, 86th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL games played: 0

Selected in the third round for his two-way potential, Ryan Button has spent his professional career split between the AHL and ECHL. He is not an explosive player, but could someday be a depth defenseman or bottom-pairing player at the NHL level. He is going to need some more development at the minor league level however.

Button was traded to the Dallas Stars in the 2013 off-season as part of the Tyler Seguin trade. He has 14 points in 39 games between the ECHL and AHL this season.

Lane MacDermid, LW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL) – 4th round, 112th overall
Status: NHL Player
NHL games played: 21

Prior to being traded to the Dallas Stars and later the Calgary Flames, Lane MacDermid was being groomed to replace Shawn Thornton and appears close to being ready for that role. In 21 NHL games between the Bruins, Flames, and Stars, he has four points and 36 penalty minutes. MacDermid has a chance to be a legit NHL heavyweight but the rest of his game needs some more grooming to be reliable in other aspects.

Tyler Randell, RW, Belleville Bulls (OHL) – 6th round, 176th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL games played: 0

Since his 20-goal campaign during the 2010-11 season with Belleville, Randell has not done much offensively. In 98 professional games between the AHL and ECHL, he has scored 10 points. Unless Randell can vastly change his production, he will likely end up being nothing more than minor league player. Randell is a big tough player, though, so he could always develop into a fourth line enforcer too.

Ben Sexton, C, Clarkson Golden Knights (ECAC) – 7th round 206th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL games played: 0

Ben Sexton has flown under the radar, but has been very strong for Clarkson playing in the ECAC over the past four seasons. He has three straight 20-point seasons at the collegiate level and could eventually develop into a solid two-way player. He is not going to be a first line player by any means, but he has enough upside and determination to possibly earn a bottom six role.

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