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June 28, 2009 8:59 AM

Four More Players to Call Boston "Home"

It's only taken two days, but 211 players know that they will be reporting to rookie camp with a designated NHL team within the next few weeks. Over the course of the two days in Montreal, John Tavares got the most exciting news, as he became the 46th player to be taken with the first overall selection. On the other end of the draft, goaltender Petteri Simila of Oulu, Finland got to breathe the biggest sigh of relief, as the Pittsburgh Penguins took him with the 211th and final pick of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

After selecting Rimouski's Jordan Caron with the 25th overall pick on Friday, the Boston Bruins had four picks on Saturday. This summer, the Bruins focused on forwards, taking only one defenseman in the entire draft. That blueliner was Ryan Button, who Boston took in the third round with pick number 86. In the fourth round, the Bruins picked Lane Macdermid, before closing out the draft with Tyler Randell and Ben Sexton in rounds six and seven.

Because of a trade in 2007 involving Petteri Nokelainen going to Boston and Ben Walter going to the New York Islanders, the Bruins were forced to wait an extra round before announcing their first selection on Saturday morning. After going with a forward on day one, Boston elected to draft a defenseman, picking Ryan Button of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders. The 18-year old blueliner checks in at 6-feet and 185 pounds, after spending each of the past two seasons with Prince Albert. Although his offensive numbers aren't ready to jump off of the page yet, Button is a player who does have the ability to put points on the board. After a season with a mere eight assists in 2007-08, Button increased his totals to five goals and 32 assists in 70 games, placing him second on the team in scoring. Part of these struggles have come from the fact that the Raiders have missed the playoffs during each of the Edmonton native's first two seasons of junior hockey. Assuming that Prince Albert has successfully built toward the future, Button and the Raiders should continue to see improvement over the next few seasons. Button's professional debut will likely come during the spring of either 2011 or 2012 as a member of the Providence Bruins.

The Bruins didn't have to wait as long for their next selection, as Lane Macdermid was taken with the 112th overall pick. Macdermid will bring size, toughness, experience, and a touch of scoring to the organization. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound forward broke into the Ontario Hockey League during the 2006-07 campaign as a member of the Owen Sound Attack. In 57 games, he recorded two goals and five assists, while establishing a sense of physical play with 115 penalty minutes. Those numbers increased during his second year, when Macdermid had 13 goals, 11 assists, and 190 penalty minutes in 66 games. After registering 14 points and 85 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Attack this season, the 19-year old was traded to the Windsor Spitfires, where he ultimately earned junior hockey's greatest prize - the Memorial Cup. In 38 regular season games with Windsor, Macdermid picked up seven goals and 14 assists, while also spending 112 minutes in the sin bin. Most of Macdermid's penalty minutes come from fights, as he has dropped the mitts 49 times during his regular season career in the OHL. The Spitfires are expected to be contenders in the OHL again during 2009-10, which could potentially be Macdermid's final season of junior hockey before joining the P-Bruins.

Thanks to the 2007 trade that saw Alex Auld come to Boston, the Bruins were spectators during the fifth round of the draft. However, Boston was back in action during round six, drafting foward Tyler Randell. Randell also comes to New England with a good amount of playoff experience, as he was a member of the OHL's Belleville Bulls during his first season of junior hockey in 2007-08. In 62 games that season, the 6-foot-1, 191-pound winger had five goals and six assists. Randell was scoreless in 19 postseason games, but did earn valuable experience from the future. After scoring 15 points in 36 games with Belleville this season, the 18-year old was traded to the Kitchener Rangers. Oddly enough, Kitchener was the team that defeated Belleville in the OHL's championship series one year earlier. With his new rebuilding club, Randell had 14 goals and eight assists in 37 games. This past spring was a short one for Randell, as the Rangers came up short in the race for the playoffs. With three full seasons of junior eligibility remaining, Randell's 2008 experience with Belleville could potentially lead Kitchener to a deep run in either 2011 or 2012. Randell's AHL debut will likely come during the fall of either 2012 or 2013.

With their final pick of the day, the Bruins took forward Ben Sexton. The jury is still out on Sexton, who will begin his collegiate career at Clarkson University during the 2010-2011 season. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 182-pound forward played with the Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior A Hockey League. In two seasons with Nepean, Sexton has racked up 30 goals, 38 assists, and 68 points in 87 regular season games. If the Ottawa, Ontario native stays in school for all four years, his professional career wouldn't begin until the 2014-15 season.

With the 2009 NHL Entry Draft now firmly situation in the rear-view mirror, the Boston Bruins will now look ahead toward free agency. The free agent market opens on Wednesday.

Boston Bruins' 2009 Draft Picks:
1st Round: 25th pick, Jordan Caron, 6'2", 202 lbs., 18 years old (RW- Rimouski/QMJHL)
2nd Round: 56th pick (traded to New York Islanders in 2007)
3rd Round: 86th pick, Ryan Button, 6'0", 185 lbs., 18 years old (D- Prince Albert/WHL)
4th Round: 112th pick, Lane Macdermid, 6'3", 205 lbs., 19 years old (LW- Windsor/OHL)
4th Round: 116th pick (traded to Minnesota Wild in 2007)
5th Round: 146th pick (traded to Phoenix Coyotes in 2007)
6th Round: 176th pick, Tyler Randell, 6'1", 191 lbs., 18 years old (RW- Kitchener/OHL)
7th Round: 206th pick, Ben Sexton, 5'11", 182 lbs., 18 years old (C- Nepean/CJHL)

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