Boston Bruins: Charlie McAvoy’s absence a big loss for B’s

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 5: Charlie McAvoy
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 5: Charlie McAvoy /

The Boston Bruins revealed on Monday that rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy will be out two weeks due to heart issues.

This is news that Boston Bruins fans definitely didn’t want to hear heading into the All-Star break. The team announced that Charlie McAvoy underwent surgery to treat an abnormal heart rhythm and that he will be out for two weeks.

Something seemed off when it was announced that McAvoy was not present at practice on Monday. Bruins fans began to wonder what was going on, and hoping and praying we weren’t going to hear that our precious rookie was seriously hurt.

In short, he was relatively healthy. After the Bruins played the Edmonton Oilers on November 26th the rookie defenseman told team doctors that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. A later evaluation would show that McAvoy had a condition called supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Thankfully the condition isn’t dangerous to his health but can reoccur. Since there is a high chance of reoccurrence the 20-year-old decided to have the surgery now after getting advice from team physicians as well as experts in SVT.

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A big loss for the Bruins

This is a big blow to a team that has been playing phenomenal. McAvoy is one of the best players on the Bruins this year. He has scored five goals and has 20 assists and is one of the top scorers on the Bruins. His ability to move the puck in the offensive zone and still be a bulldozer in the defensive zone leads a big hole for the Bruins to fill.

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy isn’t happy that McAvoy is out, but it makes his life a lot easier. Cassidy once again can postpone his tough decision in regards to his defensive pairs. It appears that Kevan Miller will be back in the lineup with his d-partner, rookie Matt Grzelcyk. The timing is also convenient in a way since the All-Star break is close.

The Bruins will miss McAvoy for five games in the expected two week recovery time. They are currently in the middle of a 16 game point streak which just got even harder to try and extend.

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They play the New Jersey Devils tonight, a team that Charlie McAvoy helped to defeat by scoring the game-winning shootout goal in their last matchup.