It’s the same ol’ routine we’ve all become accustomed to around Draft Day.
Well, at least for as long as Youtube and Twitter have been around, that is.
Just seconds after a team locks in a selection and a new name is etched on a digital draft board — all hell breaks loose. Before the dust has settled, draft gurus, reporters and fans comb through the interwebs — on the prowl for scouting reports, videos, tweets and any additional snippets of media that help paint a picture of the young player that an NHL franchise singled out among a pool of equally promising talent.
Most of this post-selection searching is the pursuit of additional context into what prompted a team to opt for that particular prospect over a field of his fellow players. Some of it is rooted in validation, especially among the many who pour days, weeks and months into mock drafts and full prospect reports. And for some, sifting through Central Scouting lists and Elite Prospects pages serve as necessary assurance if the immediate aftermath of a "reach" pick in the higher rounds causes some concern.
Following any of these routes on Wednesday might have lead to some consternation if you were a Bruins fan, however — at least if your opinion of Boston's selections hinged upon where those names were slotted in numerous projected rankings.
In total, the Bruins selected four players during the 2020 NHL Draft:
Round 2, No. 58 overall – Mason Lohrei, D
Round 3, No. 89 overall – Trevor Kuntar, F
Round 5, No. 151 overall — Mason Langenbrunner, D
Round 6, No. 182 overall — Riley Duran, C
For as much as each of Boston's four selections offer plenty of intrigue when it comes to their potential in the coming years, harping on the placement of these four when it came to the NHL's Central Scouting Department might have dulled some enthusiasm.