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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Bruins 2nd Line Analysis

Me and Latrappe are doing an anaylsis of the B's roster piece by piece. We already did the goaltending and the defense. Now on to the 2nd line.

Phil Kessel-Selected 5th overall in this draft, Kessel is probably going to turn out to be one of, if not the best player in this draft. At one point he was rated higher than Sidney Crosby. Kessel has all the tools and ability to become an NHL star, and he will likely be playing with Marc Savard and Glen Murray. Savard will be great for Kessel, since Savard likes to dish the puck and Kessel is a natural goal scorer. At only 18, Kessel will be a part of one of the youngest teams in the NHL. Look for a 50-60 point season from Phil the thrill.

Marc Savard-Savard signed a 4 year deal worth 20 million this offseason after posting 97 points with the Thrashers last season. Many people have mediocre expectations for him, believing he only scored those 97 points since he had Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk as his wings. Savard is made for the new NHL, and will post around 80-9o points this season. Savard will provide a 1b line center that the team lacked last season after the departure of Joe Thornton. Savard has been known to be irratating to coaches, but it seems like that hasn't been a problem so far.

Glen Murray-The million dollar question; can Murray reenvent his career? Is he anything without Jumbo Joe? The answer. Yes. Murray is not a playmaker, he is a sniper. He has a cannon for a shot, and if he has the the right guy dishing him the puck, he can pot 40 goals. Murray will be Savard's favorite target this season, and this line will make a top 1-2 punch for the team. Muzzy still has the gas left in the tank, but he isn't as potent without a playmaking center. Expect to see this line for years to come.


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