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Is Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand An Elite Forward In The NHL?

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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?

Verdict

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.

 

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Take Down Montreal In Preseason Game 1

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Bruins Grab First Win Of The Preseason

Boston took on the Canadiens last night in Quebec City and came out with a victory. Last nights team was all about the kids. Unfortnitally the game was not aired on TV in Boston. the Bruins defeated Montreal 3-2.

From what I have read from people that saw the game is that the kids were very impressive. Tim Schaller, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle were the goal scorers. As the whole, the team seems like they are in a good spot to be competitive this season. Especially with all of the prospects on the roster that are eyeing a spot in the big club.

The most impressive was last years NCAA Hobey Baker Finalist Anders Bjork. Bjork scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform last night. Also, the word on the street is that his chemistry with the team is growing. Look for him to grab a top-six spot on the roster heading into the season.

Here is Anders Bjork on his first goal in. A very hockey guy answer:

 

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Boston Bruins Preseason Game 1 Preview

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Boston Bruins VS Montreal Canadiens

Boston looks to take on rival Montreal in their first preseason game of 2018. This will be the first time we are seeing some players in a Bruins uniform. Look for the B’s to have some interesting lines.

The veterans will not be playing tonight like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and David Pastrnak. Tonight’s game is all about the kids and what they can bring to the table. The game is not listed on being shown on NESN, but it may be broadcasted on 98.5 the sports hub.

Everything else is up in the air. The B’s have a ton of guys eyeing a spot on the roster and they do not want to let it slip away. The veterans are the only one who is a shoe-in and we may even see some of their jobs taken.

The puck drops tonight at 7 pm in Quebec City.

Game Roster for Tonights Game:

Forwards: Noel Acciari, Kenny AgostinoMatt Beleskey, Anders ‪Bjork, Colby Cave, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Riley Nash, Chris Porter, Tim Schaller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner, Jack Studnicka

Defensemen: Chris Breen, Connor Clifton, Tommy Cross, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Kevan MillerPaul Postma

Goaltenders: Zane McIntyre, Malcolm Subban

Non-Game Roster:

Forwards: David BackesPatrice Bergeron, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik*, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Ryan Fitzgerald, Colton Hargrove, Heinen, Jakob Forsbacka KarlssonDavid Krejci, Joona Koppanen, Sean KuralyBrad Marchand, Cedric Pare, David Pastrnak, Teddy Purcell, Jordan SzwarzFrank Vatrano

Defensemen: Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo, Taylor Doherty, Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, Rob O’Gara, Jakub Zboril

Goaltenders: Anton KhudobinTuukka Rask

 

 

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Boston Bruins Trying Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk As A Line

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On Saturday morning at Boston Bruins training camp at the Warrior Ice Arena, the team skated an interesting line.

The newly re-signed David Pastrnak, the overpaid veteran David Krejci, and the unknown rookie in Jake DeBrusk all skated together in practice on Saturday.

This is an expected move with the main goal over the next several weeks to build chemistry within the trio.

Of course, this isn’t the only new lineup that Bruce Cassidy is trying out. On the top line, the B’s are skating Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron-Anders Bjork. Following this logic, the third line center as of right now is veteran David Backes who failed to work out successfully as a wing last season. Backes, of course, could fly out on the wing with JFK centering which is something Boston has worked on in practice.

DeBrusk, like Bjork, will be in a battle for this top 6 role with other players like a Backes or a Frank Vatrano vying for those same spots. Boston’s forward group projects to be younger this year than any other season in recent memory. Aside from DeBrusk and Bjork there are other rookies who will likely find themselves on the Boston Bruins roster to start the season.

Jakob Forsbecka Karlson and Danton Heinen are two other names that come to mind when talking about this young forward group. Their roles with the 2017-18 Bruins is unclear at the moment. But as camp develops their role and potential for this season should start to clarify. But as it currently sits, here is what my forward group lines would look like as of right now based on what Cassidy is rolling in camp.

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk

Vatrano-JFK-Backes

Nash-Spooner-Acciari

Spooner on the fourth is a tough move, but it provides for a solid fourth line that can match up with other teams 3rd liners. This is an early look at the potential lines which will likely change as camp develops and exhibition games get underway.

On the outside looking in for now are players like Austin Czarnik, Tim Schaller, and Heinen.

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