The Boston Bruins kick off their season in New Jersey against the Devils tonight at 7:00 pm. After losing Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara, there were no true moves made to improve the team and more specifically, special teams. There are still a lot of questions surrounding the team’s offensive production and middle six talent. What can we expect after an offseason of indifferences, youth, and new beginnings?
Jack Studnicka has had all eyes on him since before his first development camp appearance. Studnicka spent his OHL career with the Oshawa Generals and Niagra Ice Dogs. He tallied 233 points in 263 games. You can do the math there and see how impressive that is. Studnika spent the 2018-19 season down in Providence, finishing with a 49 point campaign with 23 goals. I don’t think the Bruins have had a prospect like Studnicka in quite some time. He had two NHL appearances last season and earned himself a spot on the opening night roster.
Tonight he slots in for David Pastrnak. Filling in on that top line seems like an elite honor. It’s like when Regina George asks if you want to sit with her and The Plastics at lunch.
With Pasta being out for some time, it makes sense for Studnicka to be on that top line. He is heavy with assists and can feed those apples to linemates. If you’re going to watch anyone under a microscope and pick over their work with a fine-tooth comb, I highly suggest you pick the 21-year-old, Ontario native.
After only 17 games with the Boston Bruins, a lot of people seem to have written him off. His not being able to finish his checks or shots during the playoff is slightly worrisome but then you remember he didn’t have proper conditioning due to COVID protocols after a stoppage of play for 3 months.
Kase is a 20 goal scorer. He is a stable and consistent winger for David Krejci, who is in the last year of his contract. You can’t beg for the Bruins to sign or trade for a goal scorer and then be displeased after less than 20 games. This upcoming season is going to be a testament to his gameplay. The Bruins are a better team with him than they are without. Who do you want out there, David Backes or someone who has that speed and production ability? I’ll wait.
Brandon Carlo has come miles since his first two seasons. He’s been able to stay healthy and become a force to be reckoned with. Playing with Torey Krug started off slightly disastrous but as Carlo continued to grow, the pair seemed to become a dynamic duo. Carlo used his height to his advantage and generated plenty of breakouts. It appears that Carlo is paired with Matt Grzelcyk who has also come wavelengths since his debut. His style is similar to Krug’s which should make the pair a competitive one.
The puck drops in just about 2 hours. Make sure you check back for updates and plenty more Bruins coverage this season!
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