Brian in MA wrote:
Agree on Bruins prospects, plenty to look forward to with McAvoy signed (I've seen him a play a few times at BU, he's the real deal), plus solid drafts in the past few years with Anton Bjork, Ryan Donato and Jakob Forbacka-Karlsson among others looking to crack the lineup in the next year or so.
The amazing thing is how deep that prospect pool runs. Add the much-maligned (wrongly) Senyshyn, Lauzon and Zboril, Lindgren, Heinen's had a big year, Gabrielle looks so god damn impressive. Just a TON of talent and depth, maybe they don't have an Eichel or Matthews or McDavid but they'll get at least 2 legit top-6 forwards, 2 top-4 D out of this crop plus some depth.
This year's roster is not built for a long playoff run; still some holes on defense, inconsistent players (Vatrano, Spooner, Backes) and bad contracts (Hayes, Beleskey). Bergeron is still among the best all-around players in the game, Marchand having a career year and in the mix for the Hart trophy and Pastrnak is a blast to watch, but they can't rely on just those three and do not have the four-line depth that the did when they won in 2011 and came close in 2013. Despite what the talk radio nitwits say, Rask has carried the team this year; 24 games this season alone where he has allowed one goal or fewer, resulting in 44 of the team's 88 points so far.
Agreed, it's all sensational nonsense, but that's nothing new from the idiots on the radio. I remember when the season started they were saying 'who's playing D? Chara's old, CArlo's a rookie, Krug's a defensive liability, the rest are young and unproven'. Well, that's exactly what their defense has been this year and yet they're tail-end of the top-10 in GA/G this year. Rask is fine and he's played a shitload this year, they just need more D.