I don’t think many B’s fans would trade Debrusk for Conner today.
Zboril over Cabot made sense on draft day. After a slow start he’s NHL ready and would be playing for 2/3 of the league right now.
It was that damn Seny pick. Was pissed then and still am. I wanted Barzal or Boesser. And you are correct, if they were not taking one of them they should have traded down.
see what surprises me is that people keep taking barzal. It wasnt a need in 2015. Center wasnt a need they wanted to address. I keep thinking about it more and more and really the only "miss" was zboril. Look at what positions they drafted and where they are now. They went dman left winger right winger. You could make an argument for Chabot, connor, and boeser. but zboril was BPA on most peoples draft boards and the bruins already have krug as their offensive dman, zboril just hasnt hit his ceiling like people thought he might and chabot wasnt really a need as again already have the offensive dman, debrusk is the gritty goal scoring left winger they wanted. connor is better but im okay with debrusk being picked here. Hindsight is always 2020 but they needed a rw there not a center. no reason to take barzal when they already have krejci at 2c. What they should have done was traded out of this spot because i think they clearly wanted rw here but of the following players taken in the first THREE rounds where senyshyn went and after how many are really "hits": senyshyn, boeser, nick merkley, christian fischer, gabrielle gagne, daniel sprong, jeremy bracco, robin kovacs, keegan kolesar, jens looke, deven sideroff. I would take fischer and boeser over senyshyn the rest are either similar or worse.
I did an ACGM about this a few weeks back pretty much saying your points exactly:
Debrusk was a good pick here and the bruins shouldn't have chosen anyone over him.
Zboril was a higher rated prospect than Chabot as well so that should have been the pick so they are good there.
Senyshyn was (as you said) a 3rd rounder prospect, and while I like how he is playing now, I was watching the draft saying "damn now that they took to solid prospects that fill their needs, its time to use the third pick on the best player left which is Barzal" (lol not an exact quote but you get the idea)... They didn't need a center, and Barzal had dropped in the rankings, but it just made the most sense to take him because he was still the clear best pick left.
So This is a bad ACGM is the point, redoing the draft would only change the 15th pick from Senyshyn to Barzal (maybe Boeser, but probably not)