Boston Bruins: B’s bolster lineup with addition of Tommy Wingels

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 15: Tommy Wingels
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 15: Tommy Wingels /

The Boston Bruins made another move to bolster their lineup by adding another veteran forward.

It appeared that the trade deadline had gone by with the Boston Bruins making no moves on Monday. Fans wouldn’t be surprised after the haul of Rick Nash and the signing of Brian Gionta.

The Bruins got leaner and older.

After the trade deadline it came out that the Bruins made another move to add some depth to their roster. The Bruins acquired Tommy Wingels from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2019.

Now immediately you can see that the Bruins really didn’t give up a lot. I’m fine giving up a fifth- round pick any day of the week especially when they have such a young roster. In return, the Bruins get a forward who will be another depth player who in case of injury will be able to step into the lineup and ensure that things can go smoothly for the Bruins when they aren’t 100% healthy.

What to expect from Wingels

In 57 games Wingels has 7 goals and 5 assists. As you can see Wingels isn’t the biggest goal scorer. In his best season of his career Wingels had 16 goals and 22 assists. One of the benefits of having Wingels on the roster is that he has playoff experience. Wingels has played in over 50 playoff games in his career and scored 2 goals and 6 assists.

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Wingels is great on the penalty kill and if needed will slide into one of the bottom lines. Most likely the fourth line. Bruins GM Don Sweeney talked about the Bruins recent acquisition.

"“He is a player that played against us last year in the playoffs [with the Senators]. We know him very well,” said Sweeney. “Has been able to play up and down the lineups for the teams he has been on, plays at least two positions – if not all three – kills penalties, a character person, skates, physical."

Out of those skills, Wingels versatility and physicality will probably be the most valuable. With him most likely playing due to injury he will have to slide into the lineup at any moment. Also his physacality will suit the bottom lines.

The Boston Bruins gained a lot of depth over the trade deadline. They had a lot of injuries last postseason so they learned to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Don Sweeney and the front office showed that they think this team is capable of bringing home a Stanley Cup.

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It’s going to be a fun couple of months for Bruins fans. After the recent struggles in the postseason this team seems primed for a run. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind going to another championship parade.