With the thought of life without longtime centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci becoming closer to reality, the Boston Bruins selected 18-year-old, 6’3 191-pound center, John Beecher with the 30th pick overall at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Beecher was ranked 49th by NHL Central Scouting and many had him pegged for the second round, but with the B’s not having a second-round pick in this draft and needing to build organizational depth up the middle they apparently felt they couldn’ pass on a big center in Beecher. The Elmira, NY native was the eighth of nine picks taken in the first round from the US National Team Development Program. Beecher spent two seasons with the program and had three goals and an assist in seven games with the USA 2018 World Junior team.
With the 30th overall pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft, we’ve selected forward John Beecher.
Welcome to Boston, John! pic.twitter.com/tmfPFMw7eW
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 22, 2019
In 2018-19, Beecher had six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 27 games. He had 25 points (9g, 16a) and a plus-11 rating in 34 games during the 2017-18 season with the USNTDP. In 30 games, Beecher had 12 goals and 12 assists for 34 points at the Salisbury School (USHS-Prep) in Connecticut.