#1: Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron entered the league in the 2003 NHL Draft as a second round pick, at just 18 years old and did not speak a word of English.
Since then Bergeron has been the best Boston Bruins player on a consistent basis. He has played just about every game each season except in 2008 when he only played in 64 games due to injury problems. Over his 13 year career and counting, he has played in 899 games.
Bergeron has tallied 259 goals, 412 assists for 671 points, making him 8th all time among Boston Bruins players. Through those 899 games, he is also a plus 134. Not only does he produce in the regular season but he does also in the playoffs.
In 101 playoff games, Bergeron has 70 points (25 G, 45 A). Plus He was one of the pivotal guys in the 2011 Stanley Cup year. That year in the playoffs Bergeron had 20 points in 23 playoff games and was an insane plus 15. Then to top it off his faceoff win percentage was 60.5 that season. He is also one of the best centers in the league. Bergeron has a 58.8 faceoff win percentage.
Bergeron is one of if not the best defensive forward in the league for the past decade, and he has the four Selke’s to prove it. He is now tied with Bob Gainey for most all time. Bergy is a favorite player of many fans myself included. I have always liked the game he plays and at one point tried to model my own game after him until I settled in as a defenseman. He will no doubt go down as one of the best Bruins Players ever.
Which puts him with the likes of Johnny “The Chief” Bucyk, Phil Esposito and many others. When he decides to retire his name should be in the conversation for the Hall Of Fame. Bergy has help mold the Bruins into what they are today. He leads by example and that is why he has had that “A” on his chest. In My opinion, it should be a “C”.