3. Linus Ullmark, G
The Bruins couldn't have had last year's record-breaking performance had it not been for Linus Ullmark's play between the pipes. The veteran netminder captured his first-ever Vezina Trophy last season by going 40-6-1 with a .938 save percentage, 1.89 goals-against average, and two shutouts.
But fans who were hoping for more of the same in 2023-24 have been left disappointed, to say the least. While Ullmark occasionally shows flashes of last year's form, his numbers have dropped across the board. After only allowing three-plus goals 15 times last campaign, he's already done so nine times as of Dec. 27. That's without mentioning how his five sub-.900 SV% showings are only one fewer than last year.
Ullmark might be signed through the 2024-25 season, but his spot in Boston is hardly safe. Fellow Bruins G Jeremy Swayman has broken out this year and earned more playing time, improving the probability of Ullmark getting shipped by the trade deadline.
Boston Hockey Now's Jimmy Murphy reported in November that the Bruins aren't open to trading Ullmark, but anything could change over the next few months. If Boston falls out of playoff contention or Swayman takes a stranglehold on the starter's job, trading Ullmark should be explored if it means improving the lineup or stocking up on much-needed future assets.