Bruins wrap up NHL draft

Sunday June 24, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston chose 18-year-old defenseman Matt Grzelcyk from the United States development team in Ann Arbor, Mich., with its first pick on the second day of the NHL draft Saturday.

The Bruins has to wait until 85th overall to take him because they traded their second-round pick in February 2011 to get defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

They also didn't have a fourth-rounder due to a trade, but dealt to get a fifth-rounder, and took center Seth Griffith with the 131st pick, and forward Cody Payne 14 spots later. He had 16 points and 107 penalty minutes in juniors last season.

The Bruins closed out the day by taking defenseman Matthew Benning, the nephew of Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning, in the sixth, and forward Colton Hargrove in the seventh.

With Tim Thomas saying he plans to take the coming season off, and Tuukka Rask poised to replace him as the Bruins' No. 1 goalie, the team's first-round pick, Malcolm Subban, adds depth to the position.

Thomas, who has a year left on his contract at $5 million, waived his no-trade clause last week, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday.

Subban, 18, was 25-14 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage last season in Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League when he was burdened by groin and ankle injuries. In the previous season, he had a 3.16 goals against average and .900 save percentage in 32 games.

He joins Niklas Svedberg as the two goalies added by the Bruins since the 2011 Stanley Cup champions were eliminated in the first round this year by Washington. Svedberg, 22, signed a two-year deal on May 29 after three seasons in the Swedish Elite League.


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