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2018-19 Bruins

2018-19 Bruins

James Donahue

As the leaves begin to turn and there is a little chill in the air, the Black and Gold are opening up the season on Causeway Street. After a great regular season last year, along with a first round win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, optimism abounds in Bruin Nation. A mixture of good young talent and a few key veterans. Good hockey teams are built down the middle from the net out with Rask in the nets, Chara and Mcavoy on the points and Bergeron and Kreiji at center. The Bruins have what it takes to bring Lord Stanley back to BeanTown. Of special interest to Belmont Hill fans, Matt Grzelcyk, who spent time playing at our own Jordan Center, returns for his second season in the Black and Gold. He is part of the new breed of the NHL—small, quick and skilled, moving pucks well—and has a true mind for the game. Overall, the back end looks strong with the combination of Mcavoy, Krug, Grzelcyk and free agent signing John Moore from the New Jersey Devils. Up front, Marchand and Pastranak, two of the leading scorers in the National Hockey League last year, are back for another great campaign. The little ball of hate, Marchand, can kill penalties, score, play defense and hit. Not many people want to face him in a one-on-one battle in the corner because he is tough to beat. All of his life he has played with a unique edge proving people wrong every day, and his mental strength is truly special. On the other hand, Pastranak is a young player who had a tremendous season last year, and is looking to improve this year as he gains experience in the NHL. Overall, most of the 112 point team is returning with a year more of experience and better team chemistry. They have a few new players up front, including Joakim Nordstrom and Chris Wagner. Joakim Nordstrom is a 26 year old former player in the Carolina Hurricanes originally from Stockholm, Sweden. And Chris Wagner, a local player, formerly played for the Ducks and Islanders. He is a young player looking to be a solid role player on the Bruins roster. I finally project Danton Heinen #43, the 23-year-old forward, will be one of the top scorers on the team. He has a great touch around the net and can hide from defenders very well. He is a product of the Denver Pioneers program. I saw him live a few times in college, and he caught my eye. There is a reason why he is a top-6 forward on the Bruins. Hence the long journey begins; there are 82 games before the playoffs. Wishing the Bruins good health, puck luck, and thrills around Causeway street.

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