After a somewhat underwhelming offseason, the clock is ticking for the Bruins to make another big move. They’ve already lost out on big signings such as Taylor Hall, Nate Schmidt, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Evgenii Dadonov.
The last big name on the market is Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman.
Hoffman is the best goal scorer left on the market, having scored 65 goals in the past 151 games. It’s no secret the Bruins desperately need a top-six winger. With the recent news of David Pastrank and Brad Marchand missing the beginning of next season due to offseason surgeries, that need has grown.
It would be best to sign the soon to be 31-year-old winger to a one-year deal. Hoffman is a great addition to the power play over anything. Most of his offensive production comes on the man advantage, but regardless, goals are goals.
Hearing Mike Hoffman is considering a one-year deal for his next NHL home. If he does that, there’s a good chance that he and Taylor Hall head to market next summer as the leaders in goals per game for all free agents 31 and under. Déjà vu all over again.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 16, 2020
Without Marchand to start the 2021 season, the Bruins left wingers will consist of Nick Ritchie, Anders Bjork, Sean Kuraly, and Jake DeBrusk. Not very promising, to say the least.
Acquiring Hoffman could mean losing DeBrusk in the process. There has been plenty of buzz about whether DeBrusk is worth re-signing due to his streaky performance. DeBrusk was on the brink of being a 30 goal scorer in 2018-2019, netting 27 goals in 68 games played. He failed to reach the 20 goal mark in his other two seasons in Boston. He is currently a RFA.
Hoffman need power play time to rack up all his goals. To be fair, he's great but not elite (Pasta L O L) at it. pic.twitter.com/zAbO5VmXH7
— Bruins Stats (@bruins_stats) October 14, 2020
Although Hoffman would be a gamble, he’s the Bruins only option if they want to capitalize on the dwindling free agency market. I don’t think Hoffman is an elite player, but he can be a 30 goal scorer, especially next to David Krejci on the second line. Most notably, he scored 36 goals and had 34 assists in 2018-2019 for a total of 70 points.
Your move, Don Sweeney.
– Caylee Allard (@2kaRask)
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