The Boston Bruins continued to address organizational needs on the second day of the 2021 NHL Draft with the selection of Ontario-born center Brett Harrison with the No. 85 overall pick.
Skating in the Ontario Hockey League as a 16-year-old in 2019-20, Harrison put up 21 goals and 37 points in 56 games for the Oshawa Generals, making him one of just four rookies to hit the 20-goal mark that season.
But when the COVID-19 pandemic delayed (and eventually cancelled) the 2020-21 OHL season, the 6-foot-2, 188-pound Harrison was forced to move out to Finland, where he scored four goals and totaled nine points in seven games for KOOVEE’s U-20 team. Harrison also skated for Canada in the U-18 World Junior Championships, with two goals in seven games.
A center who can also play both left and right wing, Harrison considers himself a dangerous player from all over the offensive zone, but takes extra pride in being a dangerous option from in tight in front of the opposition’s net.
“I love going to the dirty areas and producing on my chances in front,” said Harrison.
This also seemed like the best case scenario for Harrison, who grew up a Bruins fans because of his father’s allegiance to the Bruins, and cited Patrice Bergeron as his favorite NHL player.
“I’ve always been a Bruins fan,” Harrison said. “I’ve always watched the Bruins growing up [with] so many great players going through. Just ran through the family. My grandpa was best friends with Gary Doak. Just a moment I’ll never forget.”
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