Hot Start For David Krejci Has Been Important For The Bruins
Through recent years the play of David Krejci is a big topic of discussion around the Boston Bruins. The Czech center carries the highest cap hit on the team but his production sometimes doesn’t reflect it. When his production is down, the questions start to rise up. The Bruins just hit the 10 game mark of the season with their 3–0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night and the questions around Krejci are limited. Why? Because Krejci two goals and seven assists in the first 10 games of the season.
The Bruins top line gets so much of the talk theses days. And rightfully so. The Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak trio has combined for 19 of the teams 34 goals through the first 10 games. However, there hasn’t been too much talk of the hot start for Krejci. The 32-year-old center has quietly averaged almost a point per game this season and has been a key cog in the teams 6-2-2 start.
There’s no denying that the Bruins lack the depth they need to be considered legitimate contenders for a Stanley Cup. It was proven in the playoffs last season. Having a guy like Krejci at the top of his offensive game is extremely important for this team to succeed. And that’s shown early on in the season. In the Bruins four losses Krejci has just one goal and one assist. In their six wins he’s got a goal and six assists. When his production is there, the wins are there.
I feel that over the years Krejci has received some unfair criticism about his play. The guy has played through injury at times and at other times has had no names on his line. Just look at his production when he’s healthy and has talent around him. Spoiler alert if you haven’t looked already…it’s pretty good. In the last two games Krejci has a goal and two assists while playing alongside Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen. If he continues to play around guys like them, you’ll only see his numbers rise.
For years Krejci has been a polarizing figure in Boston. His play can dictate how well the Bruins perform. Early on in the 2018–19 campaign we can already see how important he is. But two keys remain: he needs to be healthy and he needs to have guys that can play around him. If the Bruins can keep him surrounded by guys who know how to put the puck in the net, then the production of David Krejci will be the least of their concerns.
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Kevin Maggiore (@kevin_maggiore)