The four teenagers dressed in suits stood in the center of the Bruins locker room Monday morning.
They kept their hands in their pockets and glanced around at the spectacle. They saw the dozens of camera crews jostling for positions and scrums of reporters swarming Boston players by their lockers.
Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, Darnell Nurse, and Jonathan Drouin are the four top-rated North American prospects in the upcoming NHL draft. In a few years, maybe even sooner, they could be the ones sitting at the lockers, fielding questions before a Stanley Cup Final.
For now, they absorbed the scene in awe. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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