Ultimately I very much approve of this pick, and the above is a lot of why. He has great speed, is big and seems to model his game after Blake Wheeler. The Bruins have need for depth at the position and banking on a guy with wheels and size is a good risk especially if you believe in the hands. Ultimately this is probably answered by the end of his freshman season, but his highlights show high level skill. He’s got a ways to go, but I’m a fan of the pick.I was pretty hard on this pick in the draft thread but I think I'm coming around to it. Watched some clips this morning and he really does have elite wheels. And looks a lot more skilled with the puck than I anticipated based on his production. Even when playing in exhibition games vs top NCAA teams, and with other 1st round picks on the ice, he stood out to the eye test.
His size/speed combination is extremely rare at center. Andreas Athanasiou is probably a good comparison, and Beecher is bigger. I really can't think of anyone else off the top of my head though. Players with specific elite skills are who you should be targeting at this part of the draft when they fall. I'm ok with this pick. He is not Trent Frederic.