Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand should be a Hart Trophy candidate

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Brad Marchand
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Brad Marchand /

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand is leading the team in scoring but hasn’t gotten the same love as fellow linemate Patrice Bergeron. Why has Marchy’s name not been thrown in the hat for the MVP award?

I will gladly announce that I am an unapologetic Brad Marchand fan. He is one of the biggest scoring threats in the league. He is a pest and seems to always find his way in the middle of a scrum. All those reasons are why Boston Bruins fans love Marchand.

Around the league, the love doesn’t seem to be the same. Marchand seems to be viewed as a dirty player.  Just search “Brad Marchand dirty” on Google. Now Marchand may have some “questionable” hits and actions but everyone makes mistakes. It seems that Marchand sometimes finds himself crossing the line, but he isn’t going headhunting.

Dare I remind you of the likes of Matt Cooke, Radko Gudas, and Jon Scott. These are the true dirty players.

Marchand is dominating this season

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Marchand is a having a hell of a season. In just 49 games “Marchy” has 24 goals and 36 assists on the season. He is even balling out as of late with two goals and three assists in his last five games.

Now I know he doesn’t have the same goal total as Bergeron, but he is leading the team in points as well as assists. So if Bergeron is getting some Hart Trophy love so should Marchand. With Bergeron out a couple weeks due to a broken foot David Pastrnak and Marchand will have to spark the Bruins offense.

If Marchand keeps this level of production up he may be able to eclipse career highs in goals and assists. He has proven throughout his career that he possesses some skills that make him one of the best wingers in the NHL today.

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To everywhere besides Boston: Brad Marchand is here to stay. Marchand isn’t just surviving he is thriving. So well that he deserves some talk to get some hardware. Well, besides another Stanley Cup.