The Bruins selected John Beecher in 2019 in the NHL Draft



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The Bruins know that within two or three years they may be looking at life without the star centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, or at least these two pillars will take on minor roles.

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In an effort to ensure they had at least one center of the future at the finish line, the Bruins used their pick in the first round, No. 30 overall, to select John Beecher, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound giant of the US National Hockey Development Program.

Playing in the NTDP squad at the center, including No. 1 overall Jack Hughes, Beecher had 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) in 63 games.

"Obviously, the size, athleticism and skating ability," Bruins general manager Don Sweeney told NBCSN after the choice. "We think there's a bigger advantage there, offensively."

Sweeney also mentioned that Beecher scored more in the second half of the season.

The 18-year-old is heading to Michigan this season.

It was rated at. 49 by Central Scouting Services among the North American skaters and the number 39 from all perspectives of Recrutes.ca.

McKeen notes: "Beecher is a high IQ player. He is advanced in reading the piece and deals with situations appropriately. He sells his body on defense to close a move or block a shot. "

"Beecher is a safe bet to play in the NHL because of his size, ability and ability to skate. He is effective in a role of verification, even if there is some doubt about his willingness to use his size," wrote Recrutes.ca .

Earlier this week, Sweeney addressed the need to ensure Bergeron and Krejci's replacements are in the system.

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Beecher does not have much more room to grow, but the Bruins will definitely do whatever they can to make sure it develops.

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