The NHL season is around the corner, new faces dominate the 2021 Bruins roster. Familiar faces Tuukka Rask and David Krejci will not be on it. Krejci opted to move back to his native Czechoslovakia. while Tuukka Rask awaits surgery on his hip. With the additional cap space, Boston has revamped its roster. In this post, will review three reasons why the Bruins are still contenders in the NHL East.
Much Needed Size Added
The Bruins used their cap money to get bigger. They also added Nick Foligno, LW, and Erik Haula Size and physicality have lacked the past two seasons. The team was pushed around by the St Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup finals. Meanwhile Tampa bay just seems to have their number in the postseason.
For the first time in fifteen years, the Bruins need to fill the second _line center position. Top candidates are Charlie Coyle and Jack Studnicka. Studnicka struggled last year and bounced between Boston and Providence. Rookie Cameron Hughes signed a two_way contract and could be a longshot. acquired Thomas Nosek brings size and muscle. But he projects to be a fourth_ line center.
Newly signed Thomas Nosek brings size and muscle. Nosek appeared in38 games for Las Vegas last season scoring 8 goals and 18 assists. The obvious candidate is Charlie Coyle. Inconsistency hurt him last season. Coyle doesn’t come close to the skill set that Krejci has. His strong points are his puck control, which will help Taylor Hall and Craig Smith.
The Bruins have one of the game’s top young defensemen in Charlie McAvoy. In six seasons, McAvoy has appeared in 235 games, scoring 24 goals and 98 assists and a plus _minus of 22. He averages 22 minutes per game and continues to be the heart and soul of the blue line. The organization has the task of getting a long_ term deal done for the young superstar.
Boston came to terms with Brandon Carlo and free agent Derek Forbort. Veteran Kevan Miller has retired, leaving openings for Jakub Zboril, and Urho Vakananien. The team also resigned Mike Reilly. Fan_ favorite Matt Grzelcyk continues to get better. The club lost highly regarded prospect Jeremy Lauzon to Seattle in expansion.
General Manager Don Sweeney replaced Rask with LinusUllmark from Buffalo. Ullmark is young and has lots of upsides Rookie Jeremy Swayman will see most of the action. Swayman won over the confidence of the fans with his athletic style.
With, all the offseason transactions, the team still has one of the best rosters in the NHL. The question is, can this new group get by Tampa Bay if it gets that far? Only time will tell.