Why Goaltending will take the Bruins To the Promised Land in 2018/19

With the 2018/19 NHL season set to get underway this week, Bruins fans are optimistic about the upcoming season. With Tampa Bay and Toronto, the teams to beat in the East hopes are high for a successful Bruins season. In this post, we will cover three reasons why goaltending will be the key ingredients for the Bruins to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why Goaltending Will Take The Bruins To The Promise Land In 2018/19

Upgrade In Goaltending; Although Toronto signed John Tavares the Bruins did some moves of their own this offseason. One important move was signing free agent goalie Jaroslav Halak.

In 54 games with the Islanders, last season Halak compiled a 20_-26 record  908 save percentage. As for the playoffs Halak has played in 30 career playoff games while posting a 13-15 record and a 908 save percentage. Halak is is a huge upgrade over last year’s backup Anton Khudobin. Halak’s playoff experience should be a huge help for Tuukka Rask.

Defensive Improvements;  Last season the Bruins had one of the best defenses in the NHL. With the trading of veteran Adam McQuaid, the Bruins added former Devils defenseman, John Moore. Moore who has played in a total of 446 career games has 32 career goals and 67 assists.  Moore who is noted for his speed and puck handling skills will be a definite upgrade on the power play.  Also, his leadership will be a big plus in the locker room.

One other trade in the defensive department was acquiring Stephen Kampfer from the Rangers. Kampfer was part of the Adam McQuaid deal with the Rangers midway through training camp.

Youth Movement; Along with the offseason moves the Bruins continue to grow their roster with younger and quicker players. Last seasons number one draft pick Axel Andersson is competing for a full _time roster spot. With youngsters, Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly, Anders Bjork and Danton Heinen already on the roster look for the Bruins to make life difficult for opposing teams this season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Looking ahead; Last season head coach Bruce Cassidy guided the Bruins to a 50-20- record for 112 points in the Eastern Conference. With Former Islander John Tavares signing with Toronto goalie Tuukka Rask has a huge task ahead of him along with the rest of the organization.

The Bruins survived Toronto last season in round one of the playoffs, only losing to Tampa Bay in round two. If the Bruins have any hopes of reaching the finals boils down to a balanced scoring attack, solid defense and a well _rested Tuukka Rask.

What The Bruins Need To Do Going Forward In 2018/19

It’s safe to say that the 2018 Boston Bruins were overachievers. A club that finished with  112 points and witnessed the development of promising young players. In this post, we’ll examine what steps the Bruins need to make this offseason going forward.

What The Bruins Need To Do Going Forward In 2018/19           

  In all sports age and health is a major issue for every a group.  Veterans defended Zdeno Chara is signed for one more year. Adam McQuaid is also under contract for three more years. The club needs to redefine Charas role and come to terms with McQuaid status                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rookie Charlie Mcavoy made great strides in 2018 and should be a strong candidate for NHL Rookie of the Year honours.  Second _year player Brandon Carlo despite being injured in the playoffs has also  NHL potential. Sweeney must also consider if Torey Krug and Kevan Miller will be a part of the team’s plans in the future. Krug who is excellent on offence is routinely criticized in Boston for his defensive style of play.                             

NHL Free Agents 2018;

As far as the 2018 free agent market does not expect the Bruins to be very active .. Currently, the club is already committed to veterans David Krejci and David Backes for the upcoming season                                                                                          Both players have the Bruins committed for 73 million dollars. Two quality defenseman on the market is Arizona’s Kevin ConnautonanPhiladelphia’s, Brandon Manning. Connauton played in 73 games and is only 27. Manning is 28 and played in 65 games. Both are young and durable and have a cap hit of 1,000,000 dollars each either one would be a nice centrepiece to add to your defensive pairings.

 

 

NHL Draft;

If the Bruins have been doing one thing right, it’s been drafting. Youngsters Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, and Charlie Mcavoy are bona fide NHL players. Goalie Tuukka Rask had a fair playoff season in 2018. Do not be surprised if Sweeny selects a goaltender in the early rounds.  Some notable prospects to keep an eye on are  Michigan’s Hayden Lavigne, Notre Dame’s Cole Harris and Hunter Shepard of Minnesota. Out of the three, the prize is Harris who will have a lot of suitors on draft night.

Defensive players to watch are Quinn Hughes of Michigan, Brady Tkachuk of Boston University and Tarique Hammond of Denver. One thing is for certain no matter what direction the team goes in Bruin fans are thirsty for another cup.

Three Teams That Will Challenge Pittsburgh For The Stanley Cup

As NHL training camps officially underway it’s time for hockey fans to start making their predictions. Take into account a new expansion, team hockey should be better than ever this year. Welcome NAs, NHL training camps officially underway it’s time for hockey fans to start making their predictions. Take into account a new expansion, team hockey should be better than ever this year. Welcome NHL’s newest team the Las Vegas Knights. Let’s examine three teams that will give the Penguins a run for their money.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A team to keep a close eye on is Edmonton. General manager Peter Chiarelli has developed the Oilers into a contender in just three years. He has two of the games elite Stars. Forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are two of the games best.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Both signed long _term deals over the summer. McDavid’s deal is for eight years one of the largest in team history. Defensively the Oilers are solid with veterans Kris Russell and Matt Benning protecting goalie Cam Talbot In other moves,  the team also added winger Ryan Strome from the Islanders. Strome is regarded as a depth move and brings a physical presence to the roster.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dallas is a team that was very busy this past offseason. The First order of business was the firing of head coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff was replaced by longtime veteran Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock previously coached the Stars ten years ago before moving on to  St Louis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               They also added veteran goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop signed a six _year deal that should bring depth to the goalie department Last years goalie Kari Lehtonen struggled through most of the season. Defensively Dallas acquired Marc Methot from Las Vegas. Plus the team signed Martin Hanzal and Tyler Pitlick.                                                                                                                                               The new additions plus Hitchcock as the coach should mix in well with star players Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Within time the Stars should be serious contenders.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This leads us to the Bruins. With a new head coach and a nice mix of veterans and rookies the Bruins could be the surprise of the league. Veteran goalie Tuukka Rask is only thirty and still has plenty of upsides. Look for youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo to be the future elite defenseman. In time for the Bruins to challenge in the Stanley Cup finals.                                                                                                                                      A team to keep a close eye on is Edmonton. General manager Peter Chiarelli has developed the Oilers into a contender in just three years. He has two of the games elite Stars. Forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are two of the games best.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Both signed long _term deals over the summer. McDavid’s deal is for eight years one of the largest in team history. Defensively the Oilers are solid with veterans Kris Russell and Matt Benning protecting goalie Cam Talbot In other moves,  the team also added winger Ryan Strome from the Islanders. Strome is regarded as a depth move and brings a physical presence to the roster.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dallas is a team that was very busy this past offseason. The First order of business was the firing of head coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff was replaced by longtime veteran Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock previously coached the Stars ten years ago before moving on to  St Louis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               They also added veteran goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop signed a six _year deal that should bring depth to the goalie department Last years goalie Kari Lehtonen struggled through most of the season. Defensively Dallas acquired Marc Methot from Las Vegas. Plus the team signed Martin Hanzal and Tyler Pitlick.                                                                                                                                               The new additions plus Hitchcock as the coach should mix in well with star players Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Within time the Stars should be serious contenders.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This leads us to the Bruins. With a new head coach and a nice mix of veterans and rookies the Bruins could be the surprise of the league. Veteran goalie Tuukka Rask is only thirty and still has plenty of upsides. Look for youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo to be the future elite defenseman. In time for the Bruins to challenge in the Stanley Cup finals.