The Boston Bruins possess two of the most dynamic center-men in the game. The value of having a player like Patrice Bergeron in the lineup is immeasurable, but the skillset that David Krejci brings to the club cannot be overlooked.
Krejci, who played in his sixth full time season with the black-and-gold in 2014, posted the second-highest point total of his career. In 80 games, Krejci netted 19 goals and added 50 assists.
Because Krejci was able to skate alongside the likes of Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla on Boston’s top line, his elite passing and playmaking instincts continued to blossom. The trio was one of the most dominant and productive lines in the NHL during the regular season.
The 28-year-old Czech Republic native also exhibited excellant play on the defensive end of the ice. Krejci was not always a player Claude Julien could rely upon in the Boston end.
Though he kept working at his craft while showing increased physicality this past season. He was strong in defending the puck and improved his play along the boards. His plus-39 rating this past year illustrates his transformation into a solid two-way player.
But when one thinks about Krejci, dominant playoff performances from years past come to mind. He was a vital piece to the puzzle during the Bruins Cup win in 2011, as he tallied a total of 23 points. Last season, Krejci posted an astounding 26 points before Boston fell to Chicago in the finals.
Krejci notched a measly four points in the 2014 playoffs. It seemed as if he suddenly went into hiding. His dazzling play went away and the Bruins struggled to score. Now he’s not the sole reason why the Bruins were bounced early, but his inability to produce certainly hurt the team.
He was undoubtedly a treat to watch in the regular season, having recorded a slew of multi-point games. Since this is the Bruins we are talking about, and winning championships is all that matters, it’s hard to overlook such a disappointing postseason showing. Therefore his overall season grade is reflective of that.
Final Grade: B-