2022 NHL Draft results: Bruins pick center Matthew Poitras in second round

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What you need to know about Bruins' second-round pick Matthew Poitras originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins have made their first pick of the 2022 NHL Draft, and they targeted a huge position of need.

Boston selected Guelph Storm center Matthew Poitras with the No. 54 overall pick (second round).

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Poitras is listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He tallied 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists) in 68 games for Guelph last season -- his first campaign in the OHL. He is a quality playmaker and plays the game with tremendous pace. Poitras' skill set is well-suited for today's up-tempo NHL.

The 18-year-old forward was ranked No. 45 among North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting. He was ranked in the 70s on most pre-draft lists (among all players).

The Bruins badly needed an infusion of depth and talent at center throughout their organization. Boston entered the draft without any top-tier center prospects, which isn't good given the age of captain Patrice Bergeron (36).

Poitras won't make an impact at the NHL level next season. He'll likely going back to the Storm for another year in the OHL.