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    2017 NHL Draft Recap: Pick-By-Pick Breakdown | NHL.com

    with the 18th pick in the first round of the nhl draft, defender urho vaakanainen, finland native drafted by boston.

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    in rounds 2-7, boston drafted forward jack studnicka 53rd overall, goaltender jeremy swayman (round 4, 111th overall), forward cédric paré (round 6, 173rd overall) , defenseman Victor Berglund (7th round, 195th overall), and defenseman Daniel Bukac (7th round, 204th overall).

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    first round, 18th overall: urho vaakanainen

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    18-year-old Vaakanainen spent his 2016-17 season with JYP of SM-Liiga where he appeared in 41 games, scoring two goals and four assists along with a plus-5 rating. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound defender entered the draft as the eighth-ranked international skater, as determined by the NHL Central scouting.

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    finland-born jyvaskylai represented his country at the 2017 world junior championship, scoring one goal in six matches.

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    also represented finland at the 2017 under-18 world championship, where he recorded three goals and three assists in five games en route to a silver medal; and at the 2016 U-18 world championships, where he recorded a goal and two assists as Finland won gold.

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    “I think I’m a great skater, I’m good with the puck, I have a good first pass and I’m a complete package,” Vaakanainen described his style of play after being drafted. “a two-way defender and a stable guy.”

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    “He’s got the ability to cover a lot of ice, his gap control is really good, he gets pucks back, he’ll be looking to make his first pass,” general manager don sweeney said. “The cool part is, is the offensive material still growing? That’s what we’d like to keep rooting for and see it develop as the next year goes on.”

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    vaakanainen will play one more year in finland, before probably traveling to north america.

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    the blueliner will work on getting stronger, improving his shot and working on his game along the offensive blue line. look at roman josi as a role model.

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    “[he’s a] confident kid. i think he understands what his strengths are by describing himself as a very, very good skater,” sweeney said. “He’s confident because he’s been playing against men for a year and a half as a 17-, 18-year-old player.”

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    the bruins’ development camp will mark vaakanainen’s first time in boston. however, he has a small connection to the team, because his father trained tuukka rask for a year in finland when he was a child.

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    2nd round, 53rd overall: jack studnicka

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    studnicka, 18, has spent his last two seasons with the oshawa generals of the ontario hockey league. during the 2016-17 season he skated in 64 games, racking up 18 goals, 34 assists and 52 penalty minutes. studnicka also appeared in 62 games for the overall during the 2015-16 season, registering four goals and 22 assists along with 25 penalty minutes.

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    The Windsor, Ontario native represented Canada at the 2017 Under-18 World Championship, where he scored three goals in three matches.

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    “Incredible excitement,” said studnicka as he used the spoked-b for the first time. “It’s obviously a great organization and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

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    “I think my best attribute is my playmaking ability, my vision,” studnicka said of his game. “Something I need to work on is my acceleration, my first three steps, and my skating momentum.”

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    “We were looking for skills, we addressed a need there,” Bradley said. “We think he can play both on the wing and in the middle. There is room to develop. He’s about 6’2″ but he’s light: his frame is light, but we expect him to develop.”

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    fourth round, 111th overall: jeremy swayman

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    Swayman, 18, attended the United States Hockey League’s Sioux Falls Stampede crease during the 2016-17 season. in 32 games, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound goaltender posted a record of 7-18-3 with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.

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    The Anchorage, Alaska native has committed to attending the University of Maine, so he’ll be on the East Coast next fall.

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    points out bruins netminder tuukka rask as someone he admires.

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    “Rask is a phenomenal archer that I’ve looked up to for years to come,” said Swayman, who learned of the draft news around 7:00 a.m. m. In alaska.

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    “The reason I said tuukka is because of how agile it is,” said swayman. “I love how he can stretch out and get that extra inch of extension. So, being flexible as well, I feel like I’m emulating his game in that aspect, as well as being able to reduce the angle and get to that back door.” play faster than most other goalkeepers.”

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    I would describe myself as a challenging goalkeeper,” swayman said. “a competitive goalie who fights traffic at all times and can see the puck from anywhere on the ice.”

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    “We have a goalie we’re excited about. [Goalkeeping coach] Bob Essensa really liked him; he looked him up,” Bradley said. “We heard good things from the [university of maine] staff about it and did our due diligence on the background, so we’re happy with it.”

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    round six, 173rd overall: cédric paré

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    paré, 18, spent the 2016-17 season with the st john sea lions of the quebec major junior hockey league. in 64 games, the lévis, quebec native scored five goals, 11 assists and 26 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 18 playoff games, scoring one goal and two assists during Saint John’s President’s Cup championship run.

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    The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward skated in four commemorative cup games after his qmjhl championship, scoring two goals.

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    “It was nice and I had a lot of fun there too and we didn’t win, but we all learned a lot from it,” Paré said of his experience in the Memorial Cup, which he shared with Saint John and Bruins teammate Prospect Jakub Zboril. “I had the opportunity to have more visibility for the team and it was nice.”

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    “We got him in the sixth round and he’s a developed kid,” Bradley said. “he went to the commemorative cup, we see good things with him. we think we got good value with that choice.”

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    paré highlights his speed and agility as his best assets, and compares his game to that of jordan staal.

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    “She’s got a lot of energy. I think she’s underrated,” Bradley said. “Her skating, I think over the year it has been improved by her skating. Her stride has lengthened a bit. What we liked is her energy and she scored in the commemorative cup.”

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    round 7, 195th overall: victor berglund

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    Berglund, 18, split his 2016-17 season between the Modo hockey club and the Modo U-20 team. In 12 mode games, the Swedish native Ornskoldsvik recorded one assist and four penalty minutes. In 37 games with the U-20 national team, the Swedish defender scored five goals, 10 assists, 16 penalty minutes and a plus-14 PIR.

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    The 6-foot, 165-pound defenseman represented Sweden at the 2016 Four Nations tournament and had one assist in three games.

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    “I’m an offensive defender, who likes to play with the puck, with a great short pass,” Berglund said of his game. “I like to follow the race on the ice and I want the puck.”

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    berglund was in sweden when he was recruited by boston.

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    “It’s amazing: I stood up, I jumped, I screamed and I laughed. I was very excited. I was very happy,” he said.

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    “our swedish [scouts] were all over him. they think he’s a mobile d. he’s skilled, very skilled and skates well,” bradley said. “small. six foot, but p.j. [axelsson] and sven [svenake svensson] and victor [nybladh], they were hitting the capable for him. talking to his strength coach after the pick, he’s got him working on putting on some muscle and weight so we hope to see him in development camp as well.”

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    round seven, 204th overall: daniel bukac

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    Bukac, 18, played for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League during the 2016-17 season. In 72 games, the most, the Czech Republic native racked up two goals, 15 assists and 38 penalty minutes.

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    The 6-foot-4, 185-pound defender has represented his country on multiple occasions, most recently at the 2017 Under-18 World Championships. He also donned the Czech jersey at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

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    “I am very excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins,” Bukac said. “It’s an amazing feeling. I’m very happy to have been selected by Boston.”

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    “I try to be a two-way defender. I try to make a good first pass and make good plays,” bukac said of his game.

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    the blueliner has been going through a big transition since the czech republic, not speaking a word of english before joining brandon.

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    after a few months, my english was getting better. everything is getting better,” said bukac, who looks up to david krejci and david pastrnak as fellow czech players.

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    “It has come on leaps and bounds with its development,” Bradley said. “Speaking with Brandon’s coaches, management and general manager, they are very excited about his return to Brandon. They expect big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp.”

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