Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was very critical of Jake DeBrusk even though he is one of the B’s top scorers.
Cassidy has promoted a youth movement and has made this team a well-oiled machine, but he recently did something that rarely happens, he made a mistake.
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This season has been more of the same. DeBrusk assists totals have taken a dip, but he continues to be a great goal scorer. He will most likely have a new career high by the end of the season.
After the Bruins 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Cassidy said that DeBrusk hasn’t been performing to the standards set by the coaching staff.
"“The standard we expect out of him I don’t think has been there enough lately, period. He’s been told that,” Cassidy said after the game. “We want him to play his way out of it. I thought in the third period there were some positives, so hopefully, that gets him going into the next game. We’ll see.”"
Now I do admit that I am not an NHL head coach, but I just don’t understand why Cassidy is going after DeBrusk. He is one of the Bruins best scorers. DeBrusk is producing just fine.
It will be interesting to see how DeBrusk responds to the public criticism. Will he cower and start to struggle or will he be motivated and go on a scoring streak?
The NHL season is heating up as we have passed the halfway point. The Bruins need to rack up as many points as possible in a tough Eastern Conference.