WILMINGTON, Mass. The Boston Bruins as with most other NHL scouting and development departments -- commonly use current NHL players when projecting their own prospects and draft picks.
What is uncommon is for those projections to be tossed out to the media freely while putting expectations and comparisons next to that particular young hockey player. But Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney didnt hesitate in dropping a Ray Whitney parallel to Bruins fifth round pick Seth Griffith after watching the first couple days of Bruins Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena.
Ray Whitneys had a very successful career. I think Griffith has a little bit of blend of those talents. Those types of goals at the OHL level, I think, speak volumes for that type of player that he is, said Sweeney. Hopefully he can go and do that as he moves forward to play against stronger players. We like him, we like the player,
Clearly, developing into a Whitney level of playmaker and scorer is the dream scenario for the Bruins as the NHL veteran is still going strong at 40 years old with over 1,000 points in 20 seasons. But the name creates an image of the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Griffith that is backed up ever so slightly by the 45 goals and 85 points he racked up for the London Knights this season.
We look at it and say, well maybe we should have drafted him last year if he was going to go and have that many goals. You look and say, okay, hes a year older and he should have put up those goals, said Sweeney. Theres always a dynamic youre trying to balance with, you know -- is he gonna gethe might not get bigger, is he gonna get faster?
He already shoots the puck great, so is that shot good enough at the NHL level?
At 5-foot-9 and 180-pounds, Griffith wasnt the fastest, the biggest or the strongest player that the Bruins drafted last weekend, but the production and the quick comparisons to players like Ray Whitney can be intriguing among Bostons current crop of prospects.