NHL 2019-20 Season Preview: Boston Bruins

by | Sep 22, 2019 | News, NHL | 1 comment

 







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  1. The Bruins are pretty high on goaltender Kyle Keyser, slated to battle veterans Daniel Vladar and Maxim Legacie for net duty with the AHL Providence Bruins.

    Also, it seems to be easily forgotten that this will be the first full-time season hometown Bruin’s Charlie Coyle. He’s already shown strong chemistry with Danton Heinen and could end up powering a rather significant 3rd line with any of Anders Bjork, Byron Richie, David Backes or Peter Cehlarik on his other wing.

    Bjork, overlooked in all the major sports outlets’ prospect rankings even though he’s only 23 and has just 50 games of NHL experience (only 63 as a pro), has had an outstanding camp. He brings a rather exceptional package of speed, skill, talent and instincts.

    Overall, the Bruins have quite a good chance at having an above-average 3rd line. Meanwhile, they have even more parts to mix and match for a successful 4th line, starting with returning incumbents Kuraly, Wagner and Nordstrom who (with now-departed Acciari) proved to be a key factor in last season’s playoff success.

    Outlying players include Backes, Lindholm, Ritchie, Gaunce and even Cehlarik. Undoubtedly some of these players will be waived, but the point is the Bruins will have at least 2-3 extra bottom-6 players to carry on their 21-man limit.

    That tells you there will be plenty of competition in their bottom-6 with a few extras being carried on the roster just in case. Add to that, they’ll have Studnicka, Frederic, Steen and Senyshyn among others waiting in Providence.

    Studnicka is just a matter of time, mainly needing to bulk up. He’s a future #2C. Frederic is a future #3C who may shIft to RW for added versatility. Steen has been rather remarkable in his first pro camp and could be a possible #2 RW in the future if not #3C. Senyshyn is bigger and more confident than he’s ever been. With incredible speed, decent hands and a willingness to Bull to the net, his future is an intriguing #3 RW.

    Any of these guys could prove ready during the season and have an impact with the Bruins on a call-up. The point is, the Bruins have some pretty good depth that can support a four-line attack throughout the season. The only real question mark is whether Karson Kuhlman can combine with Krejci and DeBrusk for a consistently effective #2 line.

    Beyond that, it’s injuries. As everyone knows, the Bruins have an aging core susceptible to the IR. Yet with 252 regular season man-games lost to injury, they still finished #2T overall in the NHL standings. It was also that same organizational depth that helped carry them to the Cup finals.

    In all, with Boston’s defensive depth & structure, quality goaltending, threatening power play and above-average Top-9 talent, it’s pretty hard to see them falling back this year. Instead, other teams will have to be that much better to finish ahead of the Bruins in the standings.