Bruins Farm System Failing To Produce NHL Calibre Players

The 2018 Boston Bruins find themselves struggling to maintain a playoff spot. Injuries have plagued the 2018 roster and fans are observing a team without an identity. Currently, the club has injuries to Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller and others. As it stands now, the organization is in fourth place at 14-10 24 points and four overtime losses. In this post, we will examine three issues concerning why the farm system is failing to produce NHL calibre players so far this season.

.                                                                                                                             Bruins Farm System Failing To Produce NHL Calibre Players                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Rash Of injuries;   So far this season the Bruins have suffered serious injuries to their star players. Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, and Charlie McAvoy have all missed significant time due to severe injuries. McAvoy, for example, has suffered a serious concussion due to a hard hit in mid _October.                                                                                                                                                                                In his absence, the team has had to count on callups Jakub Zboril, Connor Clifton, and Jeremy Lauzon to makeup for Chara, and McAvoys minutes. Since their promotion, from Providence, none have factored in the offense.

Lack of Scoring;   With injuries to Patrice Bergeron the Bruins first line has been nonexistent. Only David Pastrnak has been a critical player in scoring with 20 goals. His linemate Brad Marchand has been decent with seven goals but has spent most of his time in the penalty box.

Since Bergeron went on the injured list, the club has had to rely on its younger players. Forwards Sean Kuraly, Jakob Forsbackas Karlsson, Noel Acciari, have produced minimal in Bergeron’s absences.  Second _year player Danton Heinen has played in 26 games and only has 2 goals and 3 assists to show for his efforts. Last season, for example, Heinen played in30 games and scored 16 goals and a plus_ minus the ratio of 10 before his injury Third _year player Jake DeBrusk has also missed time due a neck injury. Since his return, DeBrusk has 10 goals 2 assists while playing on the second line with center David Krejci.

Respectable Goaltending; Despite the disappointing performance so far goaltending has been one area that has been respectable. Head coach Bruce Cassidy has been platooning Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Both players have kept the team in the playoff hunt with Halek showing a 932 save percentage and Rask showing a 914 save percentage

Looking Ahead; With the team struggling to hold on to, fourth place scoring must become the clubs top priority. If the young players so not cash in then General Manager Don Sweeney may have to pull the trigger on a major deal.

Why The Bruins Need To Move On From David Krejci

Now that the 2017/18 NHL season is officially over its time for NHL organizations to begin a new quest for the Stanley Cup. As for the Bruins General Manager, Don Sweeney he needs to make decisions on such players as Rick Nash, David Krejci, Nick Holden and others. In this post, we will review three reasons why the Bruins should move on from David Krejci.

Why The Bruins Should Move On From David Krejci
Lack Of ScorIng In The Playoffs
  In all fairness to David Krejci when he’s healthy he is one of the best centers in the NHL, However in the playoffs, the past two years his post season production has been nonexistent. All factors considered
iKrejci has 32 goals 52 assists for a total of 87 career playoff points.
In 2018 Krejci played in 12 playoff games3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points. Against Tampa Bay, he played in 2 games totalling 2 points. Considering Boston’s top line had 53 points in the playoffs the club lacked a balanced scoring attack from all four lines. The previous year against Ottawa Krejci played in only 3 games for a total of zero points.
If you take into account Sweeney went out and acquired Rick Nash in March the scoring was still anemic. Nash, for instance, played in only 11 regular season games scoring 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points.  In the playoffs, he played in 12 games netting 3 goals and 2 assists.  When the trade was first announced Bruins fans were elated. Many felt with Nash’s size and puck handling skills that he would be the perfect linemate for Krejci.

Still MaintainsValue

In 2004 the Bruins selected Krejci with their second pick. Krejci who is known for his slick playmaking skills has been a huge disappointment during the teams past two playoff years..At 7,000,000 dollars per year and lack of production in the playoffs, it may be time for the Bruins to explore a suitor for Krejci. With his understanding and playmaking skills, there might still be a market for him. With the teams, the young pipeline of talent on the rise Krejci’s days in Boston could be numbered.

 

Young Talent

Overall, Boston has one of the most talented systems in the NHL. With young players on the horizon, it may be time to pardon ways with  David Krejci.

Why The Bruins Need To Restructure Their Defense For The 2018/19 Season

In, a span of three years, Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has guided the team back into a serious playoff contender. Since the firing of longtime time coach Claude Julien, the Bruins have started drafting more skilled players. The organization has seemed to change its philosophy from physical to focusing on attributes such as players with more of a skill set.  In this post,  we’ll review three areas why the Bruins need to restructure the defensive department for the upcoming NHL season.

Why The Bruins Need To Restructure Their Defense For The 2018/19 Season

Redefine Chara’s Role;

At, forty years old the team continues to get excellent production from captain Zdeno Chara. But in, the playoffs particularly against Tampa Bay, Chara showed  signs of fatigue. Throughout the course of the season, Chara averaged 23 minutes per game. Not too bad for a  player neither young nor old.  As the  season progressed, Chara has paired with the teams  2016 number one draft pick, Charlie McAvoy. In, McAvoy the organization has one of the top young defensemen in the NHL. After the Tampa Bay series, many fans and media people feel that the club needs to cut down on his playing time and pair him with another partner.

Make A Decision On Adam McQuaid;

Veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid is in his last year of a four_year contract  At 31 years old many fans feel that the organization needs to get quicker on defense. In 2017/18 McQuaid missed several games. Considering his  3,000,000 dollar salary it may be time to think about dealing Mcquaid.

As the team continues to draft more skilful players, they can maintain their status as an elite NHL team. .McQuaid has a history of being injury prone by trading him the club can add another younger defenceman.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Help In Providence;

Since General Manager Don Sweeney took over three years ago, the club has qualified for the playoffs two_ years in a row.   If the team wants to resume its quest to win another Stanley Cup, then the defense needs continue to get better. Goaltender Tuukka Rask has improved his playoff performance due to resting more during the regular season.

As it stands now, the Bruins have a young group of six or seven defensemen who are legitimate NHL players. Veteran Torey Krug had a spectacular collecting 14 goals and 45 assists for 69 points. Kevan Miller continues to make progress. Young Matt Grzelcyk who split time with Providence is only getting better. Third _year player Brandon Carlo who suffered an injury at the end of the season be ready at the start of training camp.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In,  Providence, two Bruins who could be prepared for full _time duty are defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and 2015  number one pick Jakub Zboril. Out, of the two Lauzon is the one most likely one to make the squad. As for Zboril,  he needs to continue to work on his game.

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.

Sweeney And Bruins Need A Productive And Creative Off Season

With the 2017 NHL free agency season moving right along the Boston Bruins have one main priority to take care of. That priority is to sign rising star David Pastrnak to a long term deal. Currently Pastrnak is under team control for three years.                                                                                                                                                     Pastrnak the Bruins number one draft pick in2014 had a breakout season netting 34 goals and 36 assist and is rapidly becoming one of the dominant players in the NHL.                                                                                                                                                                 Negotiations are moving a long slowly but hopefully in the right direction.Pastrnak is currently earning  $ 2,275,000 dollars   with a yearly salary of $ 925,000. One option the Bruins could take would be a bridge contract. With a bridge contract this would give the Bruins some flexibility especially with it’s young group of players coming up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Keep in mind however this is a common problem in the NHL. Two players  in similar situations are Capitals forward TJ Oshie and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Oshie recently signed a long term deal with the Capitals earlier this summer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Oshie’s deal is a $ 46,000,000  with a  $20,000,000 signing bonus.   In two years Oshie has been one of the most productive players in the league.Last season he scored 33 goals and 33 assist and the year before 26 goals and 25 assists.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kucherov on the other hand has put together two solid back to back seasons. In 2017 he scored 40goals and 45 assists for a total of 85 points. The year before 2014/15 he netted 30 goals and 36 assists.  If you look at Pastrnaks numbers he’s right in the middle of both players.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   When it’s all said and done look for the Bruins to offer Pastrnak a long term deal worth  $14,000,000 or $15,000,000 per season with a handsome signing bonus.                                                                                                                                                                                          Overall this summer the Bruins have been realitively quiet One small move was signing Winnipeg’s Paul Postma. Postma a seven year veteran had 1 goal and 13 assists in 65 games last year for the Jets. Also the Bruins inked winger Noel Accari to a two year contract.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Bruins had a solid campaign in 2017. The team ranked  eighth in the NHL in defense. If they want to go deeper inthe playoffs goalie Tukka Rask needs to be protected. The B’s have two young defeseman on the rise Brandon Carlo and 2016 number one pick Charlie McAvoy. If the Bruins are to go forward signing Pastrnak would be a positive step and send the right message to the team.