2014 - 2015 TEAM PREVIEW: BOSTON BRUINS

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August 18 2014 05:46PM

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The 2013-14 season had to be considered a disappointment for the Boston Bruins. In the regular season they won the Presidents Trophy, but were then bounced in the second round of the playoffs by their arch rivals from Montreal. The off season has not gone much better than the postseason for the B’s.

 They were strapped up against the salary cap and had to let some key players walk this summer.

       ADDITIONS:                                      SUBTRACTIONS:

      Linus Arnesson – D                           Jarome Iginla – RW

                                                               Shawn Thornton – RW

                                                                Chad Johnson – G

                                                                Andrej Meszaros – D 


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Their biggest loss was Jarome Iginla, who signed a three-year, $16 million dollar deal with the Avalanche. Iginla scored 30 goals for the Bruins last season and no one was brought in to replace him. However, the lack of offseason moves by the B's should not be cause for concern. They have a solid base of prospects who could be ready to take on full-time NHL roles this season.

FILING THE HOLES?

Jordan Caron, 23, was the 25th overall pick in 2009 and had three points (1G / 2A) in 35 games with Boston last year. Ryan Spooner, 22, split his time between the NHL and AHL. He had 11 assists in 25 games with the big-club and 46 points (11G / 35A) in 49 games with Providence. Then there is Alexander Khokhlachev, 20, who had 21 goals and 36 assists (57 points) in 65 games in the AHL. All three of these youngsters should make the B’s out of training camp and help replace the hole left by Iginla.

RETURNING

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While those kids resumes are impressive, they will play in supporting roles to an already deep and quality lineup. In 2013-14, DavidKrejci, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand finished one-two-three in the NHL in plus/minus. Bergeron also recorded his second career 30-goal campaign while Krejci finished ninth in the NHL with 50 assists–his second 50-plus assist season. On top of those three, the Bruins have Loui Eriksson, one of the most consistent wingers around. Reilly Smith had a career year, posting 51 points in 82 games and do not forget their 6-foot-3, 228 lbs. power-forward, Milan Lucic.


2013 - 2014 Regular Season



Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

David Krejci

80

19

50

69

39

28

Patrice Bergeron

80

30

32

62

38

43

Jarome Iginla

78

30

31

61

34

47

Milan Lucic

80

24

35

59

30

91

Brad Marchand

82

25

28

53

36

64

Reilly Smith

82

20

31

51

28

14

                                                 *Stats via NHL.com

Not a bad top-6 eh? Well it gets better. The Bruins have arguably the NHL’s best goaltender in the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner TuukkaRask. A lot of Rask’s success can be attributed to the two-way forwards they have, but they also have one of the deepest bluelines in the NHL.


2013 - 2014 Regular Season



Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

Zdeno Chara

77

17

23

40

25

66

Torey Krug

79

14

26

40

18

28

Dougie Hamilton

64

7

18

25

22

40

                                                *Stats via NHL.com

Their blueline is anchored by 6-foot-9 captain Zdeno Chara. 23 year-old Torey Krug and 21-year-old Dougie Hamilton, are both tremendous offensive talents and are among the leagues’ top young  offensive options on the backend.  Along with veteran Johnny Boychuk, Boston will be aided by the returns of a healthy Dennis Seidenberg and AdamMcQuaid, who missed a combined 100 games last year.

Season prediction: The Bruins finish first in their division (Atlantic) for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Narrowly beating out the Lightning.

Click HERE for the Bruins entire roster and cap situation heading into  the 2014 - 2015 season

Click HERE for the Bruins potential line combinations heading into the 2014-15 season.

More Team Previews: Anaheim, Arizona

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