2015 NHL Re-Draft 1st Round: Boston Bruins Build Dynasty, Eichel to Toronto

First pick Connor McDavid, second pick Jack Eichel, and third pick Dylan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
First pick Connor McDavid, second pick Jack Eichel, and third pick Dylan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 21: Noah Hanifin #55 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period at the TD Garden on November 21, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 21: Noah Hanifin #55 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period at the TD Garden on November 21, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images) /

Boston Bruins #13: LW/RW Timo Meier (Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL)

Original Pick #13: D Jakub Zboril

In a draft class so incredibly stacked with talent, it’s mindboggling to think that the Boston Bruins possessed the number 13, 14, and 15th pick in the 2015 Draft, and just one of them has found anything remotely close to success in the NHL.

Given that particular order of the next three don’t matter, let’s kick it off with the B’s first pick, the Switzerland-born forward, Timo Meier. The 6’0 – 216 lbs skater is finding tremendous success in the 2021-22 NHL season as he’s already reached the 50 point threshold playing in 43 matchups for the San Jose Sharks. He’s the latest player from this draft class emerging as an All-Star in the NHL.

Between the Boston Bruins and their AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, defenseman Jakob Zboril has yet to find a role in the organization as he’s now 24-years old.

Boston Bruins #14: RW Brock Boeser (Waterloo Black Hawks – USHL)

Original Pick #14: LW Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current Broncos – WHL)

Yet another example of how players from the WHL struggle to transition to the NHL is Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk. If given another chance, the B’s would have to take Brock Boeser, current stud for the Vancouver Canucks.

Though Brock Boeser is playing his worst (statistical) season thus far in his NHL career, scoring just 15 goals and 13 assists in 43 games, he has the same amount of points this season with the Canucks as Jake DeBrusk has in the last two seasons with the Bruins. This just goes to show how troubling these draft picks were for the organization.

Boston Bruins #15: D Noah Hanifin (Boston College – NCAA)

Original Pick #15: C/RW Zach Senyshen (Soo Greyhounds – OHL)

Last but not least, to complete the trifecta, the Boston Bruins give Charlie McAvoy a true top-pair defenseman to partner with, Boston native, Noah Hanifin.

Apart from Brandon Carlo and Matt Gryzlek (every blue moon), the Bruins lack any serious threat from the blue-line to pair with McAvoy. Though Hanifin was originally taken 5th overall, in this re-draft, the 6’3″ – 215 lbs defenseman gets to stay right at home in Boston. Since signing on with the Calgary Flames in 2018, Noah Hanifin has quietly become an elite defender in the NHL.

In a perfect world, the Boston Bruins would select these three players and effectively build a dynasty that would still be leaving the fruit to be plucked.