By now, Don Sweeney and the Bruins are used to sitting on the sidelines for the key moments of the NHL Draft.
But this year’s draft, which wrapped up with Thursday’s Day 2 in Nashville, had to be especially painful for the Bruins. Without a first-round pick or second-round pick as a result of multiple swings for the fences in search of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 2011 — and after a massively disappointing playoff run that ended after just 13 days — the Bruins could do nothing but fold their arms and wait their turn as the first 91 players were called by their respective clubs.
“It was very difficult for me as a general manager to sit patiently with the group because of the work that I’ve known that they put in throughout the year,” Sweeney admitted following the 2023 NHL Draft. “So, you feel badly, full disclosure. As a general manager you feel badly that you have not rewarded them for the work that these guys have done and that’s on me. I need to figure out ways to pick up extra draft capital so that they get more swings. Which we’ve had my first early years in the draft, and we haven’t recently, so that’s on me. I make sure they know that, so their work has not gone unnoticed or not appreciated.”
And with five picks (trailing only 2020’s four-pick class as Boston’s smallest since Sweeney took over in 2015), the Bruins did what they could took to replenish what’s an obviously depleted pipeline…