In, a span of three years, Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has guided the team back into a serious playoff contender. Since the firing of longtime time coach Claude Julien, the Bruins have started drafting more skilled players. The organization has seemed to change its philosophy from physical to focusing on attributes such as players with more of a skill set. In this post, we’ll review three areas why the Bruins need to restructure the defensive department for the upcoming NHL season.
Why The Bruins Need To Restructure Their Defense For The 2018/19 Season
Redefine Chara’s Role;
At, forty years old the team continues to get excellent production from captain Zdeno Chara. But in, the playoffs particularly against Tampa Bay, Chara showed signs of fatigue. Throughout the course of the season, Chara averaged 23 minutes per game. Not too bad for a player neither young nor old. As the season progressed, Chara has paired with the teams 2016 number one draft pick, Charlie McAvoy. In, McAvoy the organization has one of the top young defensemen in the NHL. After the Tampa Bay series, many fans and media people feel that the club needs to cut down on his playing time and pair him with another partner.
Make A Decision On Adam McQuaid;
Veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid is in his last year of a four_year contract At 31 years old many fans feel that the organization needs to get quicker on defense. In 2017/18 McQuaid missed several games. Considering his 3,000,000 dollar salary it may be time to think about dealing Mcquaid.
As the team continues to draft more skilful players, they can maintain their status as an elite NHL team. .McQuaid has a history of being injury prone by trading him the club can add another younger defenceman. Help In Providence;
Since General Manager Don Sweeney took over three years ago, the club has qualified for the playoffs two_ years in a row. If the team wants to resume its quest to win another Stanley Cup, then the defense needs continue to get better. Goaltender Tuukka Rask has improved his playoff performance due to resting more during the regular season.
As it stands now, the Bruins have a young group of six or seven defensemen who are legitimate NHL players. Veteran Torey Krug had a spectacular collecting 14 goals and 45 assists for 69 points. Kevan Miller continues to make progress. Young Matt Grzelcyk who split time with Providence is only getting better. Third _year player Brandon Carlo who suffered an injury at the end of the season be ready at the start of training camp. In, Providence, two Bruins who could be prepared for full _time duty are defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and 2015 number one pick Jakub Zboril. Out, of the two Lauzon is the one most likely one to make the squad. As for Zboril, he needs to continue to work on his game.