Boston Bruins: Estimates for the season
Now that we are slowly moving away from the grief caused by the defeat of the Boston Bruins in the second round of playoffs, it’s time to look back and look at the last season of 2017-18. Remembering October, few people expected anything from Boston.
But after a slow start, they became a team with 50 victories and scored 112 points in total. It was a terrific regular season, but the playoff was not that long.
We are giving grades for the season 2017-18. And remember, these ratings take into account all 82 games of the season, which preceded the disappointing playoffs.
Tuukka Rask: B-
After a fairly average start, he issued a series of 21 games (19-0-2), which brought the Bruins to the top of the standings https://www.tonightshealthyscratches.com/2012-articles/january/burke-asks-for-the-sun-moon-and-stars-for-maple-leafs-centennial-celebration.html. He was unstable in the series with Toronto but is good in the series with Tampa. His percentage of 0.917 saves is still good, compared to the 0.930 he had in the season of 2013-14 when he received Vezina Trophy.
Anton Khudobin: A-plus
Who knows how this season would have formed if he could not keep the defense while Rusk was swinging and gaining form?
Zdeno Hara: A
The role of the captain has changed. He no longer plays in most and no longer picks up a bunch of points. But he’s still one of the top defenders in the league.
Charlie McAvoy: A plus
If he had not suffered a knee injury, he would have been a contender for the Calder Trophy.
Torey Krug: A-minus
Because of the broken jaw in the preseason, he started slowly but showed his best result in his career – 59 points. He is not the best defender in the game 5 to 5, but he is the key to the game in the majority.
Kevan Miller: B-plus
One of the last impressions of this season Miller – his mistake, which led to the fact that Tampa equalized in the 5th match. But he continues to progress big steps this season. He is legally in the second pair of defenders.
Matt Grzelchyk: B
He had a couple of heavy moments in the playoffs, but he proved that he is a good defender with good hands and skating.
Adam McQuaid: B
Having played just 38 games because of a fracture of the tibia, McQuaid nevertheless performed his rough job rushing under the washers and performing power tricks with his usual professionalism.
Brandon Carlo: B-minus
He had his ups and downs, nothing unusual for the defender-second-year.
David Pastrnak: And the plus
He scored the most goals in Boston and scored 80 points in the regular season. He also became the leader of the team in points in the playoffs (20 in 12 games).
Patrice Bergeron: A-plus
Bergeron would have been the favorite in the fight for his 5th Selke Trophy if he had not injured his feet at the end of the season. At his age of 32, he remains an example of consistency.
Brad Marchand: A
He is a team leader. His 1.25 points per game is the best result in his career. We shot him a half point because of his disqualification. This is what he should get rid of in his game.
David Krejci: B-minus
Krejci remains an important part of this team. They play infinitely better when it is in the composition. But he hardly justifies his contract for $ 7.25 million a year.
Jake DeBrusk: A-minus
I hope he will become a more stable scorer with experience, but the newcomer showed a lot already this year. He also showed in a series with Toronto that he did not knock at the most crucial moment.
Rick Nash: D-plus
He simply did not show the effectiveness for which he was acquired. In addition, he had some failures in the defense and he finished the playoffs with the worst +/- in the -7 team.
Denton Heinen: B-minus
His rise from Providence was one of the key factors in the team’s transformation in November. But in the course of the season there was a decline in his game and with the exception of an important goal in the 7th match against Toronto, he completely failed in the playoffs.
Riley Nash: B
He had a great regular. He not only cemented the third link, he also successfully blended into the top three when Bergeron was injured and helped the Bruins to secure the advantage of their platform over Toronto, which in the end turned out to be the key in confronting the Maple Leafs.
David Backes: C-plus
Vulnerable position of this player is his competitiveness and leadership. But while he was good enough in the regular season (33 points in 57 games), he was not convincing in the playoffs (+/- -6). Now his health is troubling after the injury received in the 5th game.
Sean Kuraly: A-minus
As the center of the fourth link, the newcomer coped well with his role, bringing energy and athleticism into the game, and did not lose form during the season and in the playoffs.
Tim Schaller: A
A dozen goals – an excellent result for the player of the fourth link.
Noel Acciari: A-minus
He brought the necessary rigidity to the game.
Gene. Manager Don Sweeney: A
You can say that his purchases in the deadline did not pay off. But he acquired one of the biggest names in the market – Rick Nash. He went to this. But more importantly, he showed some courage in terms of promoting youth.
Coach Bruce Cassidy: A
He was able to take a good group of veterans, add a bunch of newcomers to them and raft them into a formidable team. He also perfectly solved the unexpected problem with the goalkeepers.