Restoring the Rosters: Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.  I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goal-tending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

Much of the Bruins drafting success has come from recently restoring the cupboards.  Regardless of where it came from, the Bruins have been quite successful in locating and developing high end forward talent and decent defensive depth.

The lineup for the Boston Bruins is as follows.

Forwards:

The forward position is definitely the strength of this roster.

Milan Lucic – Joe Thornton – Phil Kessel

Sergei Samsonov – David Krejci – Kris Versteeg

Yan Stastny – Patrice Bergeron – Brad Marchand

Nate Thompson – Vladamir Sobotka – Byron Bitz

The first line is essentially the same as last years for the Bruins, with Thornton replacing Marc Savard.  The forward core has two main weaknesses.  The first is the lack of depth on the left side, as Samsonov probably better suited for third line duties.  The second is the lack of true bottom 6 players.  Outside of Bergeron, one of the best 3rd line centers, most of the bottom 6 are unproven or 4th liners.

Still the high-end scoring and strength down the middle should keep the B’s in the game every night.

Grade: A-

Defense:

The D corps contains solid depth but very few puck movers.

Mark Stuart – Matt Hunwick

Shaone Morrisonn – Hal Gill

Nick Boynton – Andrew Alberts

Extras: Milan Jurcina

None of the defenseman have high-end potential and only two can even be considered to have any puck-moving ability.  I decided to use young Hunwick with Stuart on the first pairing to push the puck up to the elite forwards.   Although neither are the traditional first pairing players I think they should be okay.  The bottom four features nasty defensemen who are the epitome of a snarly 5th defender.  All of them should be number 5 defenseman.

Grade: C-

Goaltenders:

By far the weakness of this team is their inability to develop a starting goaltender.

Andrew Raycroft

Hannu Toivonen

Rayzor is a backup goaltender while Toivonen a mediocre backup in the AHL.  I would imagine these two would have difficulty keeping pucks out of the net, but if Christobal Huet can do it I suppose anybody can!

Grade: D-

I hope you enjoyed reading this!

-Alexander Monaghan
NHLHS Founder
thehotstove@gmail.com

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