2020-21 was a rough year for the Boston Bruins’ defensive unit. Everyone not named Connor Clifton missed significant time with injuries, prospects like Jakub Zboril and Urho Vaakanainen disappointed, and the unit’s lack of depth was exposed in the playoffs.
It’s no 5th Selke, but it’ll do! Well, they won’t give Patrice Bergeron his 5th Selke until he puts up an 82 game scorcher, so in his first year as full-on Captain will end with him receiving the Mark Messier Award for Leadership.
The Boston Bruins season ended much sooner than anybody in Boston would have liked. Because of this, their attention was forced to turn from a Stanley Cup run to the offseason, including the Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft and the free agency period.
The Boston Bruins’ hopes of making it back to the Stanley Cup Final were ended prematurely in a six-game, second-round loss to the New York Islanders. As the higher seed, they were projected to win and advance to the Semifinals round, but a disappointing lack of fight and a handful of untimely injuries doomed them.
As per a few reports and confirmed comments by both Bruins GM Don Sweeney and Team President Cam Neely, Boston’s priority this offseason is to land a minute-munching left-side defenseman via free agency or trade.
Don Sweeney has a fever, and the only prescription is more American kids going to play for midwestern NCAA schools! This is mostly a joke article. Do not take this as anything more than light-hearted response to an unusual trend in Bruins drafting.
With the Boston Bruins officially eliminated and after giving some time for the dust to settle, it’s time to revisit my 2021 playoff predictions. Previously, I revisited my 2020-21 season wish list and found that I was a little ambitious with my expectations for this team.
Some nice nods for some long-term prospects. Mason Lohrei and Jake Schmaltz may still be a long way from the NHL, but if this past season was any indication, their development is trending in the right direction.
In recent years, much has been made about the decisions the Boston Bruins chose to make at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. While they have managed to continue being a very competitive team, they could have been even better had they done a better job drafting that day, as they found themselves with 13th, 14th, and 15th overall picks.
As pre Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney, the team and forward Taylor Hall have both expressed interest in getting the winger re-signed. Sweeney spoke with the media about the futures of forwards Hall and David Krejci and while Krejci’s future was a bit more uncertain, there seemed to be a good chance Hall would be back.
Looking back on some great accomplishments from the guys in Black ‘n Gold. There’s no mistaking the disappointment that the Bruins and their fans felt after losing to the New York Islanders in the second round of the playoffs.
Some awkward feelings, perhaps? I’m going to start you off with a shocking take here: it wasn’t the best season for Jake DeBrusk. The 24-year-old forward had his worst NHL season yet, recording just 14 points in 41 games.
David Krejci needs time to figure out his NHL future. He spoke with the media following the Boston Bruins elimination from the 2020-21 NHL playoffs and was asked about his future in the league and with the team as a pending UFA.
With Charlie McAvoy and Patrice Bergeron needing new contracts after next season and David Pastrnak scheduled for unrestricted free agency a year after that, the Bruins front office will have to delicately balance the transition from the current core to the new one.
Rask has spent his entire NHL career in Boston and has molded himself into one of the best netminders in Bruins history. While no extension has been signed yet, it's reasonable to believe the Bruins will bring him back.
Tuukka Rask looked tired and defeated after the Islanders beat the Bruins in six games. “We’re all getting older and we’re not going to last forever, so it’s definitely closing at some point,” he said about Boston’s Stanley Cup window.