Charlie McAvoy had an okay 1st half of the season, but the Boston Bruins need him to start scoring when they return from the All-Star break.
The Boston Bruins had a great start to the season. They were at the top of the NHL and looked unstoppable.
They are still one of the top teams but have hit a bump in the road. Hopefully, they will return from the All-Star break energized and ready to dominate the 2nd half of the season.
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With the All-Star break being the unofficial halfway point of the season there are definitely some players who will look to improve. One player that has been rather mediocre is Charlie McAvoy.
McAvoy is without a doubt still one of the Bruins best defensemen. He still is the future of the team, but he is definitely struggling this season. McAvoy has yet to score a goal. He might be a defensemen but McAvoy is mostly known for what he does on offense.
His stickhandling is impeccable and he has a wicked slap shot. Still, McAvoy is impressive in his own zone delivering some devastating hits.
The fact that McAvoy has 0 goals is just unacceptable. Especially since teams have to focus a lot on Boston’s 1st line you would think McAvoy would have a few goals by now.
If McAvoy finishes the season with less than 5 goals you have to worry if he can be the 1st pairing defensemen that Boston wants him to be. Zdeno Chara isn’t going to play forever so McAvoy needs to step up.
I think in the 2nd half of the season we will see McAvoy start scoring and be the defensemen that Bruins fans know and love. If not I might start to get concerned that he isn’t the player we expected when he jumped onto the scene when he joined Boston for the 2017 playoffs.