Charlie McAvoy is coming off his freshman year at Boston University. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bruins select BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy 14th overall, Trent Frederic 29th

DJ Bean
June 24, 2016 - 4:57 pm
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BUFFALO -- The Bruins used the 14th overall pick to get a defenseman from Boston University; it just wasn't Kevin Shattenkirk. Instead, the Bruins selected high-ceiling blueliner Charlie McAvoy with the pick, adding the New York native to a stable of prospects from the BU pipeline. "It's crazy. I was joking with [Don] Sweeney, I said '[Matt Grzelcyk] and [Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson], they can't get rid of me now. They're stuck with me,'" McAvoy said after donning his new Bruins jersey. "They're unbelievable players. They're great people and it's going to be exciting to go through all this stuff with them." McAvoy is a right-shot defenseman who stands at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. He had three goals and 22 assists for 25 points in 37 games last season as a freshman at BU. "He is an impactful offensive, push-the-pace, hair-on-fire, 100 miles an hour defenseman," Red Line Report analyst Kirk Luedeke said of McAvoy this week. "Who doesn't want someone like that? I would have to think he would be in the discussion around No. 14." In selecting McAvoy, the Bruins passed on the likes of OHL defenseman Jakob Chychrun and Penticton blueliner Dante Fabbro. The Coyotes traded up to select Chychrun 16th overall, while Fabbro went 17th to the Predators. McAvoy's ceiling may have played a factor in the Bruins choosing the BU product rather than the defensemen on whom they passed. In going for an explosive defensemen like McAvoy, the B's added a player who already has the highest potential of any of their right-D prospects. McAvoy compares his game to that of Norris winner Drew Doughty. "[He's a] multi-tool player. We feel like he has offensive upside that will continue to get better," general manager Don Sweeney said. "He steps into a college game, and you track where he was in the first half of the season, the second half, and understand that he got acclimated. People had spoken that he tried to do maybe a little too much at times, and he's playing against guys who are four or five years older in some cases and really handled himself well. "Very physical player at times," Sweeney said. "We actually need to back him off, which is another good quality that he has. He can puck separate, finds the middle of the ice. As a matter of fact, JFK spoke highly of that in terms of a centerman wants the puck. He wants it in motion. He's going up ice, and I think today it's paramount for defensemen to be able to establish more than one option and recognize it and be able to execute it. I think Charlie does it well." With the 29th pick, the B's took St. Louis native Trent Frederic, a perceived reach for where he was selected. Frederic, a physical 6-foot-2, 203-pound left shot, scored four goals and added 10 assists for 14 points in 23 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team. The 18-year-old is committed to play at the University of Wisconsin next year and admitted that he is better defensively than offensively. "I guess overall, I'd say the offensive side of my game, I need to round that out," Frederic said. "Once I get that, we'll see what happens from there." The Bruins had the pick from the Sharks, as they acquired it last offseason in a trade that sent the rights to goaltender Martin Jones to San Jose.