Can We Consider Brad Marchand As Elite?
Brad Marchand has had a great past couple of seasons. His was a bit rough around the edges in his first few seasons. Now are we able to put him in the Elite Category?
Last season Marchand had his best season with 37 goals and 24 assists for 61 points. In the previous years Marchand was known as the kid with great skill but could not finish. I can remember watch him skate through the entire team then get to the net and miss the net by trying to go “bar-down”, or he would jut put it right in the breadbasket. Also he would constantly take stupid penalties. Part of his game is to get under the other teams skin, but there is a line he would cross it too often.
He has calmed down and realized the Bruins are better off with him on the ice than off it. Since then he has developed into one of Boston’s best forwards we have seen in a while. He has cleaned up his game a tiny bit since then. He has narrowly avoided big suspensions this season with two slew-foots.
Marchand is a good penalty killer as usually finds a way to score shorthanded. He is tied for second for most shorthanded goals among active players with 22 goals. Marian Hossa is first with 34 but Hossa has been in the league much longer.
This season has been another breakout year for him and it all started in the World Cup of Hockey. While playing in the World Cup he was able to play with two if the best passers in the world. The First was teammate Patrice Bergeron (chemistry was already there), and Sidney Crosby (arguably the best player in the world right now). Crosby would not be a hard guy to find chemistry with his skill. The Crosby line combined for the most points in the Tournament with 25 points combined. Marchy had 8 of them (5 goals, 3 assists) in only 6 games. Canada went on to win the Tournament.
After the tourney Marchand came back to the Bruins and started the season off hot. He had a cold stretch in there but his is at the top of his game right now. We can see that from of Monday’s 4 point performance.Three of those points came from his three goals. He is now tied for the league lead in goals with 35. Also Marchand in 4th in points with 74. He is the first Bruins to score 70 points in a season since Marc Savard did so in 2008-09 when Savard had 88 points. With only 10 or so games left we he be able to hit the 40 goal mark that e just missed last season?
I have grown to realize that Marchand is good, alright really good. I still do not think that I can call him great until he brings me another cup. If he puts the team on his back and brings me a cup then I will say that. Yes that is a lot to ask for but that is what elite players do. Look at Sidney Crosby has brought two Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh and Patrick Kane who has brought three Cups to Chicago. These two players are also putting up 60 plus points a season consistently. If Marchy can do what he is doing this season for another two season I would say he is a definite yes for being considered elite. Right now he is on the bubble for me. I will say that he can be considered an elite Bruins winger.