4 Bruins on Thin ice Heading Into the NHL Draft

These four Boston Bruins have found themselves on thin ice just days before the 2024 NHL Draft is set to begin. Will they be in Beantown next season?
Which Bruins are on thin ice heading into the 2024 NHL Draft?
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2. James van Riemsdyk, LW/RW

The 2023-24 NHL season told the tale of two different versions of James van Riemsdyk.

Signed to a cheap one-year, $1 million deal last offseason, van Riemsdyk impressed Bruins supporters with 37 points in the first 51 games. His 0.72 point-per-game pace was quite a shock given that it was his best production since he averaged 0.77 PPG with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2020-21.

Unfortunately, that's about as good as it got for the veteran power forward. Van Riemsdyk was often a non-factor for the Bruins in the second half of the schedule, tallying just one assist in the final 20 regular-season games. While he managed to register a goal and four assists in 11 playoff contests, it may have been a case of 'too little, too late' at that point.

Like DeBrusk, van Riemsdyk is also a pending UFA this offseason and I wouldn't be surprised if the Bruins let him walk. Although he can likely be retained for cheap, his second-half drop-off was concerning and the last thing Boston needs is for a declining veteran to occupy a roster spot.

It's too bad that things didn't work out better, but that's the nature of the business.