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Boston Bruins 2017 Season Preview



Zdeno Chara is 40-years-old this year. Find out why I still think Chara is poised for a big year.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 9/15/2017.



Boston Bruins Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Brad Marchand
Left Wing
80
5-foot-9-inches
181-pounds
39
46
85
Patrice Bergeron
Center
79
6-foot-2-inches
194-pounds
21
32
53
David Pastrnak
Right Wing
75
6-foot-0-inches
181-pounds
34
36
70

Boston Bruins Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Frank Vatrano
Left Wing
44
5-foot-9-inches
201-pounds
10
8
18
David Krejci
Center
82
6-foot-0-inches
188-pounds
23
31
54
David Backes
Right Wing
74
6-foot-0-inches
181-pounds
17
21
38

Boston Bruins Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Matt Belesky
Left Wing
49
6-foot-0-inches
204-pounds
3
5
8
Ryan Spooner
Center
78
5-foot-11-inches
181-pounds
11
28
39
Tim Schaller
Right Wing
59
6-foot-2-inches
219-pounds
7
7
14

Boston Bruins Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Noel Acciari
Left Wing
29
5-foot-10-inches
208-pounds
2
3
5
Riley Nash
Center
81
6-foot-0-inches
200-pounds
7
10
17
Peter Cehlarik
Right Wing
11
5-foot-11-inches
169-pounds
0
2
2


Boston Bruins Forwards Review: The Boston Bruins have Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Ryan Spooner, and Riley Nash at center. Boston is 4-deep at center for the first time since the 2011 when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. After the top line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak on the wing, this team is very thin at wingers.


Frank Vatrano and David Backes both have their moments as line 2 players at left wing and right wing. Both are inconsistent though. Playing with Krejci who led centers in points last year on Boston makes me believe both players will surprise and exceed expectations.


Matt Beleskey and Tim Schaller are wild cards on the third line as well. That's why Boston can be a dark horse if all of those wingers step up. Boston does not have the fourth line wingers to be a favorite just yet.


Boston was 13th in goals scored and 7th on the power play in 2016-2017. Even with the departure of Claude Julien they still got a good coaching hire in Bruce Cassidy who took over as an interim head coach in March afrter Julien left. I'm pretty optimistic about the Bruins moving forward if they can improve on their goal scoring in 2017-2018 which I think they can.




Boston Bruins Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Zdeno Chara
Line 1
75
6-foot-9-inches
255-pounds
10
19
29
Brandon Carlo
Line 1
82
6-foot-5-inches
203-pounds
6
10
16
Torey Krug
Line 2
78
5-foot-9-inches
181-pounds
8
43
51
Adam McQuaid
Line 2
77
6-foot-5-inches
209-pounds
2
8
10
Kevan Miller
Line 3
58
6-foot-2-inches
210-pounds
3
10
13
Charlie McAvoy
Line 3
38
6-foot-3-inches
205-pounds
5
21
26


Boston Bruins Defensemen Review Zdeno Chara can still anchor a blue line even at 40-years-old. Brandon Carlo has all the tools to be Chara's successor down the road as well. I had a first round grade on Carlo in 2015 so I'm not surprised by his emergence. Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid can anchor the second line when healthy. Kevan Miller can anchor the third line. Charlie McAvoy the Bruins 2016 first round draft pick had 21 assists in 38 games at Boston University last season. McAvoy is set to make his NHL Debut with the Boston Bruins on their third line.



The Boston Bruins' defense has finally rebounded after making trades that set this team back for a few years like trading Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg. Boston ranked 9th in goals allowed and 1st in penalty killing in 2016-2017. The crazy thing is I can see the Bruins improving their goals allowed and matching their top ranked penalty killing unit from last season.




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Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Tuuka Rask
Boston Bruins
64
37-20-5
8 Shutouts
.915
2.23 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Anton Khudobin
Boston Bruins
14
7-6-1
0 Shutouts
.904
2.64 GAA


Boston Bruins Goaltender Review Tuuka Rask had his best season to date last year with 8 shutouts thanks to having a remarkable defense in front of him. I don't think 10 shutouts is out of the realm of possibilities. Boston's defense is even stronger thanks to the addition of Charlie McAvoy.




Boston Bruins Prospect Pool: Boston has Malcolm Subban in their farm system still at goalie. He looks like a wasted pick.


The Bruins' drafted three players in the top 15 with defenseman Jakub Zboril going thirteenth overall, left winger Jake DeBrusk going fourteenth overall, and right winger Zachary Senyshyn went fifteenth overall.


Boston has one prospect at each of the key positions. The Bruins' still have the luxury of taking the best player available.




Boston Bruins 2017-2018 Prediction


Boston has their best team since 2013. I see a team that is a dark horse to win the Eastern Conference. All of their games in the opening round against Ottawa were decided by one goal or less. Boston is stronger on defense this season where as Ottawa is weaker on defense after losing one of their key players. Boston is one of the most complete teams in the Eastern Conference and I see them getting to the Eastern Conference Finals losing to the Penguins at the very worst. The Boston Bruins are my current pick to win the Eastern Conference, but I'll preview other teams in the Eastern Conference to see if anything changes.



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