Jun. 2, 2017
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50 Games in, let's get into it:
1) The Bruins are still at 2 ppg scorers, those being Marchand and Pastrnak. But, Krejci, Bergeron, McAvoy, and DeBrusk are all at .75 ppg or higher, with solid depth scoring, so there's still a good chance that the 3 players mark is met AND the depth is better than expected.
2) McLaughlin played in 2 games, then was sent down. It is what it is, at this point.
3) Both Linus and Sway are playing well, but Ullmark is a true Vezina candidate, so the prediction is aging well.
4) Krejci, over 82 games, is on pace for 21.86 goals and 74.71 points, cutting it closer and closer to the goals mark I predicted but the points mark is getting wider and wider. I'll take it.
5) The Bruins, despite this three game skid against great competition, still lead the Atlantic and NHL in points. the NHL points record may be at stake if the skid continues for much longer, but it's hard to worry about performances right now with the cushion that the Bruins have made for themselves. No need to hit the panic button. Over 82 games, teams have highs and lows, the Bruins are in a low right now, and have plenty of time to pick it up.
The Bruins will need injury fill-ins from the AHL. That's an absolute given. My question is, who would you call up if you were given the choice. I made the options the three AHLers who've played in the NHL already this season, being Wagner, Koppanen, and Lauko. I'm really just interested in hearing other B's fans' thoughts. Here's a quick refresher on how they've performed in the NHL this year:
Joona Koppanen: Most recent call-up. LH C/LW, 2 GP, 0p, 2 PIM, -1 +/-, well over 50% on Face-offs
Chris Wagner: RH RW/C, 1 GP, 0p, 0 PIM, 0 +/-, Favorite among vets
Jakub Lauko: Started the season on the NHL club, LH LW/RW, 7 GP, 1g-1a-2p, 2 PIM, 0 +/-
Personally, I'd go Koppanen. I like his forechecking and defensive play. He plays PK when he gets into the lineup, too. Solid enough skater, too.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>NHLfan10506</b></div><div>I think Elias has gotten the attention with his international play.
I don't know much about Blank. Can you, er, fill in the blank?</div></div>
I pulled this from my currently unreleased 2023 Draft Guide, which covers some 4th eligible players who are priority UDFAs
“ Alexander Blank has been on my radar for years now. His offensive toolkit has been something that I firmly believe is translatable not onlv to the North American ice sheets, but all the way up to the NHL. His skating is good, not great. His speed is solid, and his first step acceleration is above-average among draft prospects. He could use a little work on his edges, but it's not too bad as it is. His vision on the ice is among the best in this class, and the past few classes that Blank has been a part of. He is able to see the passing lanes through traffic and obstacles, and will get the puck there more often than not.
Another aspect of his game that I like is his ability to score from anywhere. His shot isn't the most powerful, but it's good enough in that aspect and he can put it wherever he wants. And when paired with his playmaking skill, he is a dynamic offensive threat. Defensively, he's nothing to write home about, but he isn't really a liability either, displaying a decent ability to lock up whoever he's defending, but can be prone to losing his assignments at times. Overall, I doubt that Blank gets drafted, due to him being a fourth year guy. But he should be priority #1 in UDFA signings, and he truly has NHL potential.”
For some reason, it doesn't show the NCAA FAs that I created, probably because I sent them to the AHL. I had the Bruins pick up Justin Hryckowian (C, Northeastern), Jake Livingstone (RD, Minnesota Mankato), Parker Ford (C, Providence), Matt Brown (LW, Boston University), and Austen Swankler (C, Bowling Green). If you go to Long-Term Outlook, you can see how long I signed them for and their cap hits, if you care. 40 games in, and the Bruins are a staggering 32-4-4. No one could have predicted this, and I'm absolutely shocked to see how dominant the Bruins have been throughout the first half of the season (by the way, has anyone else felt like this season is flying by?). Here's how my predictions are holding up:
1) The Bruins are down to 2 point-per-game scorers, them being Pastrnak (58 points in 40 games) and Marchand (37 points in 32 games). However, the Bruins have 4 more .75 ppg or better scorers (McAvoy, Bergeron, DeBrusk, and Krejci), so there's that. I was expecting a more to-heavy offensive output to the Bruins like what we saw in years past, but they've been scoring up and down the lineup, so I'm actually happier with their current output than what I predicted, even if I end up wrong.
2) Copy-and-paste from the last few updates. Both Lysell and McLaughlin are playing well in the AHL right now, but there isn't room for experiments with the big club when the team is playing this good. Maybe at the end of the year when Monty rests some of the vets near playoff time.
3) Through half of a season, this prediction in particular has aged like a fine wine. Ullmark is playing like a Vezina winner, and he's still only lost one regulation game in 26 games. Unreal
4) Krejci is on pace for 25.77 goals and 46.86 assists for 72.63 points over 82 games. Not a bad return season.
5) The Bruins STILL top the Atlantic Division and the entire NHL in points and points %. Playoffs seems to be a lock at this point, and the Bruins seem to have been reinvigorated in these last few games since the Winter Classic. They weren't playing a good 60 minute game for quite a while before recently, but these last three games have been a return to early season form. Scary to consider how much they've been winning playing their B-game when their A-game has netted them 3 wins in 4 days against the Cali teams, all on the road. They outscored their three opponents, including the #9 ranked Kings (the other two teams suck, but the played them back-to-back while traveling) 18-5.
Alright, 30 games in, here we go:
1) the Bruins still have 3 ppg players in Marchand, Pastrnak, and McAvoy. They’ve also got three more players at .75 ppg right now (Krejci, Hall, and DeBrusk) who could all break ppg with a good streak in the coming weeks.
2) still nothing from Lysell or McLaughlin, but a killer few weeks from Lysell recently and a better, more consistent string of play from McLaughlin could earn either of them a look soon, especially with the current Craig Smith situation.
3) Swayman is coming off of a great performance last week, but Ullmark is a clear cut Vezina candidate so far. He should be the true #1, but the ability to rest both goalies is a nice thing to have.
4) Krejci is on pace for 29.52 goals and 75.44 points over 82 games. He’s been great, and has been far more consistent recently than he was earlier on in the season. Free Agency signing of the year imo.
5) the Bruins are still killing it in terms of standings, leading the NHL and the Atlantic division in both points and point %. I don’t know if I’ll continue to update this every ten games, but if the Bruins were to go 26-26 in the next 52 games to end the season, they’d have 102 points. If they were somehow able to maintain their current point % (.833) over all 82 games, that number jumps to roughly 132 points. Not bad
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>DefenseFirst</b></div><div>He doesn’t really project as an NHL player, let alone a 2C.</div></div>
Are we talking about the same prospect? Poitras, the center/wing with a high IQ, elite vision, excellent work rate, well above average playmaking skills, including elite hands and some of the best vision in the 2022 class, and a details-oriented approach that makes him at least solid in pretty much any situation. One concern would be overall strength, as he’s pushed off of the puck at times. But, overall, Poitras most definitely projects as an NHLer. Probably middle six, if I had to guess
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Dekes</b></div><div>Really like this post, something different then the norm we see here.
Would have to assume poitras would play RW, Lysell is on the left and Harrison due to his higher offensive/ goal scorer upside plays 1C his size also helps in that C area
Merkulov probably bumps locmelis down not sure where.
McLaughlin definitely would put up a solid fight for a bottom 6 role, has that hustle and all around game and possesses a strong shot.
I like ahcan and if it wasn’t for grzelcyk he’d probably be on the nhl squad but I feel brunet beats him out, kid has size speed an arsenal of weapons on how to score or help his teammates score. Potentially a future PP2 QB for Boston and everything I have read so far is that his defensive game is improving. Probably due to his size and speed.
Bussi another guy who I think will become the future back-up, younger then keyser yet is playing just aswell and has dominated in every league he has played in
B’s may not have this crazy high potential prospect pool outside of lysell and Lohrei but their is definitely a plethora of guys that could easily reach a solid middle 6 or 4-5 dman role or middle of the pack back-up goalie</div></div>
Someone hasn’t read my prospect updates lol.
Poitras is a center. He can play Wing but has been good down the middle. We’re weak at center and stronger on the wings so I figure keep him at C for this team build. Harrison needs to produce like he’s been for the past month longer to re-gain my full confidence. He was playing horribly to start the year, inconsistency always worries me with prospects.
McLaughlin is definitely another option. Like you mentioned, the Bs have a ton of guys that can slide into that bottom six role and be good.
No way with Brunet. Keep that kid and his trash IQ away from this squad. Again, read what I wrote up on him yesterday. And months past, but yesterdays most recent. Agreed on Ahcan tho
Yeah I like Bussi, Keyser was just the guy I settled on for this. Like I said, after Swayman it’s 3 guys with backup potential (Bussi, Keyser, and Dyck). Take your pick.