2015 NHL Draft: Boston Bruins draft review

By Jack Choros

Jeremy Lauzon - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: The third of the Boston Bruins second round picks at the 2015 NHL Draft, defenseman Jeremy Lauzon of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL, was offensively productive in 2014-15 as he notched 15 goals and 36 points in 60 games (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Brandon Carlo, D, Tri-City Americans (WHL)
2nd Round, 37th Overall
Height: 6-5 Weight: 196 lbs

Carlo was selected where his new teammate Synyshyn probably should have been, and yet it’s Carlo that possesses the upper hand in experience. With two full seasons in Tri-City under his belt, the towering young man is best described as a shutdown defenceman with particularly mobile feet.

“It was  a big jump with speed, but I found that after my first year of playing in the WHL that I got my feet under me, and that’s one of the best compliments I’ve gotten is my skating ability,” said Carlo.

Carlo could prove to be a future top-four guy, and ranked in the top 25 according to ISS because of it.

“I definitely will be back in Tri this year, Tri-City. After that, I’d like to get into the AHL, and in the next couple of years there try to get my foot into the NHL,” he said.

Carlo spoke with the media after his selection by the Bruins on Day 2 of the NHL Draft, with some of his comments being included in this Hockey’s Future video.

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C, Omaha Lancers (USHL)
2nd Round, 45th Overall
Height: 6-0 Weight: 190 lbs

Forsbacka-Karlsson is regarded as an excellent passer. That attribute helped him to become a point-per-game player last season with the Lancers. He is intense, plays a smart game and possesses definite offensive ability. He will need to be more consistent in order to make it to the next level, but that is something that comes with maturity. Forsbacka-Karlsson is committed to Boston University for next season.

After his selection by the Bruins, Forsbacka-Karlsson chatted with the media, with some of his comments being captured in this HF video.

Jeremy Lauzon, D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
2nd Round, 52nd Overall
Height: 6-2 Weight: 194 lbs

Lauzon improved a lot on the stat sheet last year with the Huskies, bumping his point total up to 36— more than double the 16 he notched during his rookie year in the Q. Another big bump in production going into 2015-16 could make this young blueliner a late-blooming NHL-calibre player.

Daniel Vladar, G, HC Kladno U20 (Czech U20)
3rd Round, 75th Overall
Height: 6-5 Weight: 185 lbs

Vladar is still only 17 years old and a long-term project to say the least. That said, he does have the one asset in hockey that cannot be taught and also happens to be invaluable to a goaltender—size. With four years of international experience already under his belt and an upcoming rookie campaign with the USHL’s Chicago Steel on the horizon, Vladar could be a star by his mid-twenties.

Prior to the NHL Draft, Vladar took part in the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine. Vladar spoke with Hockey’s Future at that event for this video.

Jesse Gabrielle, LW, Regina Pats (WHL)
5th Round, 105th Overall
Height: 6-0 Weight: 203 lbs

Described as scrappy, skilled, and tenacious, Gabrielle is an agitator that forechecks hard. He is pretty slick and elusive for a gritty winger and prides himself on being difficult to play against; he shows it on the ice. He will get under your skin and chip in offensively. Gabrielle is a big boy who is not afraid to go to the net with force.

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