In his first year with the Boston Bruins, Sean Kuraly was a bolt of electricity on the 4th line.
Kuraly plays a game that is fun to watch. He is a hard-hitting forward who can also score some sick goals. In his first full season with the Bruins, Kuraly scored 6 goals and 8 assists.
These numbers aren’t at the top of the NHL leaderboards, but Kuraly’s skills don’t just relate to the stat sheet.
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Kuraly and his linemates have the ability to completely reenergize the team.
When Bruce Cassidy notices the Bruins are struggling he can send out “the 50’s” and momentum will shift. Kuraly does all of the little things right. He goes into the dirty areas and gives his all on every shift.
Kuraly quickly became known for his emotion on the ice. When Kuraly was on the ice for a Bruins goal you would have thought that he became the leading goal scorer in NHL history. He would jump up and down and into his teammate’s arms. It was reminiscent of Mike Eruzione scoring the game-winning goal in the 1980 Olympics.
In the postseason Kuraly struggled a bit like most of the Bruins team, but still gave it his all. He even put some points on the board scoring two goals and two assists.
Kuraly needs to keep the fire going
Next season will be big for Kuraly. He is a restricted free agent, but I hope and expect the Bruins to re-sign him.
Kuraly will be back on the 4th line and he will need to continue to be the energy source for the Bruins. Hopefully, he can put up some more goals, but as long as he can continue to change the momentum in the Bruins favor he is doing his job.
Sean Kuraly was a great player to watch in 2018. Hopefully next season he will be even better.