2. Jake DeBrusk
Although I’m not entirely convinced that the Bruins will trade Jake DeBrusk this season, I’m going to play Devil’s Advocate with this one.
DeBrusk is one of the most beloved players by the fanbase, but his future is up in the air. The 26-year-old is set to hit free agency next summer and it doesn’t look like an extension is near after Sweeney told NHL.com that the Bruins are waiting to hear if DeBrusk wants to stay with the team.
That’s a strange thing for a general manager to say, especially with Sweeney making it sound like the ball is in DeBrusk’s court. It’s also alarming given that the former first-rounder requested a trade back in 2021.
While both sides have said they want to make things work, the last thing the Bruins need is to lose DeBrusk for nothing in the summer.
Assuming that the Bruins are playing sub-.500 hockey before the trade deadline and are heading towards a rebuild, DeBrusk would be one of our top trade chips. After recording 52 goals and 92 points in 141 games over the last two seasons, I wouldn’t be shocked if Boston can at least get a first-round pick for him if not more.
Again, there’s no guarantee that DeBrusk will be moved — especially if the Bruins are playing well. At the same time, if we aren’t where we want to be in the standings, his time in Boston could be coming to an end.