Going into the 2015 NHL draft the Boston Bruins had three first-round picks. All in a row mind you. With picks 13-14-15 they took Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, and Zachary Seynshyn. With the 16th overall pick, the New York Islanders took Mathew Barzal.
You already know that the Islanders are happy with the way things turned out back in 2015. Mathew Barzal has 112 more career NHL points than the three Boston picks combined. But it gets a bit worse for the Bruins now.
New York Islanders happy with Bruins failed 2015 1st round selections
Today, Zachary Senyshyn has asked for a trade. He's the third one of the three picks to make such a request now.
Senyshyn, the 15th overall pick in 2015, says that he isn't being given the opportunity to play at the NHL level by the Bruins. He's only got 14 NHL games since being drafted by the Bruins so it seems he's got a point there. This year he's got eight goals and 13 points in 21 AHL games but wasn't called up when the Bruins
And, again, Senyshyn isn't the only one of Boston's three first rounders to ask for a trade. They all have.
Earlier in the year, Jake DeBrusk famously asked for a ticket out of Boston. Easily the best of the three picks, it's not clear why the former 27 goal scorer from 2018-19 wants out but you have to think that his dropping ice-time since 2019-20 has something to do with it.
And Zboril makes three. In October of 2020 iDNES.cz published an interview with Zboril about his time with Boston. And it wasn't a glowing review. In the conversation, Zboril indicated that he asked Boston to be moved.
So that's all three picks asking for a trade away from the Bruins. You've got to feel for Boston fans. Not only are these picks nowhere near Barzal's level, but they don't even want to be there.
There's a real sense of "what could have been" in Boston. Three top-half first-round picks in a very deep draft would have been huge for the Bruins. And then you consider that the three selections made immediately after the Bruins were: Barzal, Kyle Connor, and Thomas Chabot. Woof.
From an Islanders perspective, they couldn't be happier with the decisions the Bruins made on that day in 2015.