What people have said about 2016 1st round draft pick (29th overall) Trent Frederic, freshman at the University Wisconsin

(Source: draftsite.com) – Big and aggressive, but little chance he scores in bushels. A long term meat & potatoes grinder.

(Source: stanleycupofchowder.com)  – Well, Sweeney’s Wild Ride is back. B’s go off the board and take the USNTDP’s Trent Frederic with the 29th pick. Frederic is a 6’2, 203lb forward from St Louis who is committed to the University of Wisconsin. They left players like Alex DeBrincat on the board to do so.

(Source: CBSsports.com)  – For the second year in a row the Boston Bruins had multiple first-round draft picks, and the for the second year in a row they seemed to leave their fans underwhelmed with at least one of the picks. 

When it comes to their first pick — their own pick — at No. 14 overall, Charles McAvoy, a defenseman from Boston University, the consensus seems to be that it was a strong pick to add a young, talented, mobile defenseman to an organization that has a significant need for that type of player.

But their second pick at No. 29, acquired a year ago in the trade that sent goalie Martin Jones to San Jose, they went way off the board to pick one of the American kids in Trent Frederic. It just seemed to be really high to take a player that might have been available with a later pick, that doesn’t really project as a high-end player, and when there were more talented, skill players on the board.

It happens every year.  Some one gets taken in the first round of the draft, any sports draft, that people don’t like or don’t know and they rip into the selection years before you know what you have. A lot of draft analysts did that very thing when they did not like the Bruins taking Trent Frederic with the 29th overall pick.

Even at the time the Bruins amateur scouting director Keith Gretzky said he is not a top-6 forward.  But from everything I have read and heard the kid is athletic, physical and is nasty at faceoffs. He is the typical Bruin. And even if he slots in as a 3rd or 4th line center who can be an elite penalty killer in the NHL, there will still be highly regarded players that were picked well ahead of him that do not make it to the NHL.

Frederic is a Freshman at the University of Wisconsin and he is flourishing. He is the BostonPucks.com “Prospect of the Week” because of his huge game against fellow NCAA national powerhouse Boston College on Sunday night. Frederic scored his second goal of the season and had 3 assists. After just 4 games at the NCAA level Frederic has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points. He now is tied for the most points on his Wisconsin Badgers team.

Trent Frederic’s stock is on the rise. He will most likely be on Team USA for the World Junior Championship starting after the Christmas holiday where his role will be either a 3rd or 4th line center. It’d be pretty wild if he were a 20 point freshman at that point in the NCAA season.

Honorable Mention: Zach Senyshyn

Zach Senyshyn got off to a rough start his first weekend back with his junior club, the Soo Greyhounds, shortly after getting cut by the Bruins. In his first two games he had no points and was a minus-4. Senyshyn made up for it this weekend by scoring a hat trick on Friday night against Kingston. Then on Sunday he scored another goal against Ottawa. Senyshyn was a plus-3 in both games and put up a dime, 10 shots on net, against Kingston. It was a nice rebound of a weekend for Senyshyn and the hope here is he is finally over his aliments that caused him to have a terrible off season.

PS:  Just to give you a little extra nasty bonus, here is Trent Frederic’s Wisconsin teammate Cameron Hughes (also drafted by the Bruins – 2015, 6th round, 165th overall) scoring a ridiculously filthy goal last Sunday against Boston College.