Jake DeBrusk had a breakout year for the Boston Bruins, proving that his skill set and attributes are perfect for the team’s future.
Most hockey fans, including some in Boston, had close to no idea who Jake DeBrusk was prior to this season. But throughout 82 regular season games, and into the playoffs, the young Albertan has established himself as a perfect Boston Bruin. In 2015, DeBrusk was selected 14th overall by a Boston Bruins team desperate for a rebuild. At that point, the franchise faced a crossroads. The Peter Chiarelli window had closed and the Don Sweeney window opened. Over the next two seasons, the Bruins would maintain a nucleus of players but attempt to get younger. DeBrusk was part of that plan.
Fast forward to 2017-2018 and DeBrusk has joined a talented group of young Bruins. This season, he complimented Danton Heinen, Noel Acciari, Brandon Carlo and even Ryan Donato as the future of the team. But had you watched him during the first round of the playoffs, you would not have guessed that DeBrusk was a rookie. In the Toronto series, DeBrusk had five goals, including a go-ahead goal in Game 7 at home. In fact, it’s that poise and adaptability that help to make him a perfect Bruin.
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Though the Boston Bruins exceeded expectations this season, the second-round exit still stung many fans. However, the future is bright with DeBrusk likely being a top-six forward. Next season, he’ll likely stay on the second line with David Krejci, but it remains to be seen who he’ll be matched with. Whoever he joins, Bruins fans should be happy that they have a guy like DeBrusk on their team.
He brings scoring talent, a will to win and mental toughness. All of these things are elements that make a perfect Bruin. I expect DeBrusk to have a long career with the black and gold.