The Boston Bruins selected American center Trent Frederic 29th overall on Friday night in the 2016 NHL Draft, using the San Jose Sharks first round pick. The Bruins acquired the pick in the trade for Martin Jones, which seems to have worked out for San Jose just fine.
But for the grass is always greener types, here’s what the Sharks are missing out on.
From SBN College Hockey:
Frederic flirted with the Niagara Ice Dogs, who hold his OHL rights a bit last summer, and St. Louis-area kids seem to have a higher propensity for ending up in the OHL, but with the excellent new staff at the University of Wisconsin, Frederic seems likely to keep his commitment to the Badgers. He should slot into a scoring line role right away for Wisconsin, and with a few years to mature and hopefully become a little faster, Frederic should be a nice pro prospect. His ceiling is likely as a second line center at the NHL level. He could make an intriguing third line center that provides some nice secondary scoring punch in a more defensive role.
From St. Louis Gametime:
Where he was used most often, and to best effect, on the penalty kill was in taking defensive zone faceoffs. In total, Frederic took 16 faceoffs for Team USA in this game (he was tossed out of three more), and 12 of those were defensive-zone faceoffs. He won eight of those faceoffs in his own end, and on the penalty kill was 4-for-7 in defensive zone faceoffs, giving Team USA puck possession and helping to kill all but one of the seven power plays they faced.
I’m okay with Jonesy, personally, but your mileage may vary.