Why Bruins should protect Jake DeBrusk in 2021 NHL Expansion Draft

Could Jake DeBrusk be this growth draft’s William Karlsson? initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

As next Wednesday’s growth draft methods, each group has one objective: Don’t be Columbus. 

The Blue Jackets were the greatest goats of the Vegas growth draft back in 2017. Intending to shed a bad agreement and concerned about losing gamers they chose, they swung an offer with the Knights. Draft choices and David Clarkson’s agreement went to Vegas, and as part of the offer, the Golden Knights selected 24-year-old forward William Karlsson. 

At the time, Karlsson was an underwhelming forward who’d been taken high in his draft (53rd general) however hadn’t done much at the NHL level. With 47 points in 165 video games for Columbus, he was a simple sufficient gamer for heaven Jackets to bid adios.

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Karlsson got to Vegas and broke out, scoring 43 objectives in the club’s very first season, followed by 24 objectives the next year. Leaving him exposed was a catastrophe for heaven Jackets. 

So in the days leading up to next Wednesday, every group must be taking a great take a look at their secured lists and make certain they aren’t leaving this growth draft’s William Karlsson exposed. 

The Bruins have possibly 2 prospects to be the next William Karlsson: Jake DeBrusk and Ondrej Kase. The latter most likely wouldn’t be chosen in the very first location, so the B’s might likely escape with leaving him exposed. 

DeBrusk is a harder option, however the brief response is that the Bruins must safeguard him. Take as long as you require to deal with how annoyed that may make you, however it’s the very best strategy for the Bruins. 

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Think About it as more property management than DeBrusk being a core member of the Bruins. They must definitely want to move him this offseason; they simply shouldn’t eliminate him for absolutely nothing. 

The Bruins will likely safeguard 7 forwards as part of the 7 forward, 3 defensemen, one goalie choice. 5 of them must be set in stone (Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith). Trent Frederic likewise appears a good bet to be safeguarded.

The choice for the last area might boil down to DeBrusk and limited complimentary representative Nick Ritchie. DeBrusk scored 27 objectives in simply 68 video games in the 2018-19 project. He scored just 5 in 41 video games this previous season. Ritchie, on the other hand, dipped into a 22-goal rate (15 objectives in 56 video games), albeit thanks to a career-high shooting portion. 

Both are first-round choices in their mid-20s. DeBrusk is the more skilled gamer, despite the fact that he terribly requires a modification of landscapes. That 2nd part most likely won’t indicate much to Seattle, considered that they’d be his brand-new group. They’d most likely be grateful the Bruins left the more skilled gamer with much better profession numbers exposed. 

There’s an opportunity Seattle wouldn’t take Ritchie anyhow. Depending upon what other defensemen they’re able to get in the growth draft, a young blueliner like Jeremy Lauzon or Connor Clifton may be more tasty to the growth franchise. 

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Back to DeBrusk and his future with the Bruins. He’s been streaky throughout his profession and this previous season was treacherous, however he must still be a good trade piece. In addition to the abovementioned 27 objectives a couple seasons earlier, his 19 objectives in the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season represented a 22-goal rate. 

With one year of a $3.67 million cap hit prior to ending up being a limited complimentary representative, DeBrusk can be seen by other groups as a tested (though not trustworthy) scorer who might end up being a middle-six component. It’s why Seattle would most likely have an interest in taking him totally free, however likewise why trade partners may see him as a useful buy-low piece. 

So the Bruins must utilize DeBrusk as a chip to deal with a position of requirement — defense or middle-six wing, the latter of which he can’t be depended remain in Boston, however may be elsewhere. Even if things have most likely run their course for him with the B’s, simply providing DeBrusk away would be risky now and possibly humiliating in the future. 

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.