McAvoy Should Not Play In The Playoffs
Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins Signed Charlie McAvoy to a three-year entry-level contract yesterday. This means that he is now eligible to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. McAvoy joined the team for practice as well on Monday.
“I think I got some of the nerves out today in practice,” said McAvoy, who will wear No. 73. “Being on the ice with so many guys that I’ve looked up to my whole life, it’s just very special, I don’t really have words for it, but all of those guys, there’s so much I can pull, as far as information from those guys, on how to be a better player, how to be a better person, so right now I’m just trying to be a sponge.”
The signing is in response to the injuries to both Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo. This better jut be a precautionary thing. I do not want to see this kid play a single second in the playoffs. McAvoy is only 19, yes I know Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak were 18 when they started. They are phenomenal players and have proven themselves during the regular seasons with the team. McAvoy has no NHL experience and to just throw him into the playoffs would do more harm than good. He very well could turn out to be a top 4 pairing defenseman, but let’s not try to figure that out now. Also he only has a couple AHL games under his belt.
He appeared in four games with the Providence Bruins. He notched 2 assists ans a plus three. There is no denying that he is a great hockey player but now is not the time to test it. Just pushing him into the pace of play that is the NHL Playoffs is stupid. McAvoy is not used to the pace of a regular NHL game never mind the playoffs. We all know that the playoffs is a while different monster. The one thing that makes me think that he could play in the NHL right now if more injuries occur is his size. He is not the tallest guy at only 6′ 1” but he is 211 pounds. To put that in prospective Kevan Miller is one of the bigger guys on the team and he is only 210 pounds and Adam McQuaid is three inches taller and only two pounds more. Yes size is not everything but as a defenseman it helps.
What The Bruins Should Do
If I was the Don Sweeney I would say that Colin Miller and John-Michael Liles would take Krug’s and Carlo’s place in the lineup. C. Miller may also not have any playoff experience but he has proven that he deserves a shot before McAvoy. Then Liles is a veteran guy who has been here many times before and knows how to handle the pressure of the playoffs. If Miller or Liles does not pan out or gets injured then almost by default McAvoy would be slotted into the lineup. But I am not Don Sweeney and we have different opinions.
“Well, we’ll have to see [when he gets in], if that’s the decision Butch decides to make,” General Manager Don Sweeney said of McAvoy. “We feel comfortable, having seen him play recently, with his skill set, that he’d be able to handle it.”
We will have to wait until tomorrow in Ottawa to see if McAvoy will make his NHL debut.