Selecting 24th overall, the Boston Bruins were in some unfamiliar territory at the 2012 NHL Draft, having picked among the top 10 in the previous two years. However, despite their lower slot, the Bruins still managed to draft a potential franchise player when they selected goaltender Malcolm Subban.
The Bruins came into the 2012 NHL draft with four picks; 24, 85, 145, 175 and 205, but they also picked up an extra fifth round pick, number 131, when they traded Benoit Pouliot to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston's most pressing needs were for another blue-chip defenseman and a high-end goaltender. In the end, the Bruins filled one of their major needs with Subban, and rounded out the rest of their draft board by adding depth at forward and defense.