Not only have the Bruins become one of the top teams under GM Don Sweeney, but they’ve done so on the fly. In 2017-18, Boston integrated five full-time rookies, three of whom were Sweeney’s picks. And although the pipeline ran a little dry this season, there is help on the way in the future. And they’ll need it since the Bruins had just five picks in 2018 and another five in 2019. By comparison, Montreal had 11 picks in 2018.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak had almost as many goals as all the team’s other wingers combined. The Bruins are especially barren on the right side, where the wingers behind Pastrnak barely made it into double-digits in goals.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: Boston hasn’t had to worry about goaltending for the past decade, but starter Tuukka Rask a...
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Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.