The Boston Bruins announced their choices for the 3 stars of the season. So we decided to give our own version of the award.
The Boston Bruins had an amazing regular season. Before the beginning of this year they were hoping to simply make the playoffs. This year was supposed to be a rebuild. Instead, their young talent put on a show and the Bruins ended up with the second seed in the Eastern Conference. As the Bruins prepare for the playoffs let’s take a look back at the top players of this season.
#3 Zdeno Chara
Big Z had one hell of a season. He looked like a completely different player. These last couple of years Chara has looked slow, and unable to keep up with players in the Bruins zone. This season he was great on defense. With all the injuries this year, Chara became a calming constant. He played in 73 games and scored 7 goals and 17 assists. Not too shabby for a 41-year-old. His rating of +22 was the second-best on the team.
Chara’s most important skill can’t be quantified. He is a great leader for all the young kids on the team. He will surely be a big part of the Bruins Stanley Cup run as he has the most playoff experience. Even in his 20th season Chara plays a major role on the Bruins.
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#2 David Pastrnak
You may not have noticed, but David Pastrnak had the best year of his career. Pastrnak is a deadly scorer with hands as soft as silk. He maneuvers through defenses like he sees things in slow motion.
Pastrnak played in all 82 games and scored 35 goals and 45 assists. If it wasn’t for the efforts of the first star of the season the honor would be going to Pasta.
Pastrnak will be looking to improve on a brief playoff career. He only has played in 6 games, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists. If the Bruins want to have a chance this postseason they will need Pastrnak to produce.
#1 Brad Marchand
The obvious first star is Brad Marchand. He had a phenomenal season. Even though he only played in 68 games he led the team in scoring. Marchand is without a doubt the best player on the Bruins roster.
He scored 34 goals and 51 assists this year. Marchand ended up among the top 20 goal scorers (T-17th) as well as point getters (T-13th). He has proven year in and year out that he is an elite winger.
The only flaw in Marchand’s game is his rather frequent suspensions. It seems the edginess will always be apart of his game. He thrives because of it. With that in mind you can essentially pencil in that Marchand will miss a few games every season.
Still, the Bruins success rides on the back of Marchand. If he can continue to score in the postseason you may want to start thinking of excuses to tell your boss so you can go see the championship parade.
Honorable Mention: Patrice Bergeron
It would be idiotic of me to not include Patrice Bergeron in any fashion (though some of you may think it’s idiotic of me to not have him at #3). Bergeron missed a good chunk of time due to injuries, but when he was on the ice he was great. He continued to show why he is one of the greatest centers in Boston Bruins history.
It is finally time for playoff hockey and I for one can’t wait for Thursday to arrive.