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Friday, November 07, 2008

Young guns proving worth

What more can you say about this team?  They are one of the top teams in the East so far, and don't forget Chuck Kobasew is coming back soon.  

David Krejci has been spectacular this season, and I see him playing a similar style to Bergeron.  The guy gets down and dirty, makes great plays and can score.  On Wheeler's 2nd goal, he held on the the puck while on his knees which led to the goal.  I didn't think this guy would be that great this season, but I was proved wrong.  He is the real deal.

Patrice Bergeron, I don't know if we consider him young but he is, has been a little disappointing, but a the same time he was out for a season so I don't expect 30 goals and 50 assists.  I see glimpses of return but I need more consistency.

Phil Kessel has been out of this world.  He has taken his game to a new level, both defensively and offensively.  He is the Bruins best pure scorer who can create offense by himself.  I am looking at a 30 goal season from Phil "the thrill" Kessel.

Petteri Nokelainen has been great in his role.  He seems to be faster this season and has some good puck handling skills.  While his offense hasn't got going yet, he can still pot 10-12 goals.

Milan Lucic is a tank.  He has been scoring, fighting and hitting.  While he isn't the offensive force Cam Neely was, he has the same type of play in him.  Lucic has improved after what some called a slow start.  

Blake Wheeler has been a huge surprise.  I didn't expect him to even make the club, let alone be a major contributor.  He has played some great offense and has buried his chances.  He is a big kid with good puck control and speed.  He looks like he could be a less violent Lucic in some ways, but with more offense.  I see a 25-30 goal scorer with Wheeler, and he is only 21.

Vladimir Sobotka hasn't seem much time, but he is there when we need him.  Again, another plugger on this team.

All of these guys are 22 and under, and that is why it is exciting to be a Bruins fan.  This is the nucleus of the offense for the next decade.  


Anonymous bruinsfanupnorth said...

i think bergeron has played well. He may not have put up the numbers but he is contributing in other ways. I would love to see nokellanen move up and take PJs spot and put PJ on the fourth line. I think this would add pop and aggressivemess to that line. overall very happy with the team.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bruins are showing that they are a top team in the east every game. the lines are clicking and it finally looks like we have a "#1" goaltender which we havent had since byron dafoe ( even though he sucked in the playoffs). our biggest problem right now is a problem that every team wish they had is where they have a now healthy 20-30 goal scorer in kobasew that they dont know where to put because they have 4 lines rolling that are playing extremely well. it will be interesting to see what they decide to do with this. i would hate to see a guy like nokelainen or thornton who may not be putting up big numbers, but are not making mistakes and doing all the little things right.

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

goodbye stone hands aka pj axelsson

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now let's hope we can keep all of these guys over the next few years and not give them away for nothing. if we can pull this off, i see a cup coming this way.

11:05 AM  
Blogger BruinsFan35 said...

P.C. isn't going to trade away our youth. He's building the organization around these guys. You can say goodbye to the days of bringing in old washed up players. P.C. is trying to emulate the Sabres by developing our youth and having depth within the system, and he's doing a hell of a good job.

I wouldn't be suprised to see Axelson as a healthy scratch when Kobasew gets back in the lineup.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

PJ Axelsson isn't going to be scratched. plain and simple. He's a decent 3rd or 4th liner, and they need to keep him there. How about Andrew Ference!? He's been so great this year, doing all the small things right, making smart plays with the puck and being an impact player every game. Score Sheet or not. Dennis Wideman is proving why he's making the money he is. Steady.

Everyone talks about Edmonton's youth, but The B's silently may have the best young core aside from Pittsburgh and Chicago

2:33 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...


Isn't the Kessel/Savard/Lucic line possibly one of the leagues best? I know that's a huge thing to be saying but listen:

Savard is one of the leagues best playmakers. At least once a game he has me shaking my head at another amazing pass. [He has possibly the coolest wind-up to a slapshot in the game too.]

Kessel has shown he CAN play. [Aren't you Kessel haters glad they didn't wheel him off last year?] He's explosive. period. end of story.

Lucic. I'm not even going into what he brings. You all know it. Done.

Set-up man. Trigger man. Sandpaper with a scoring touch.


2:43 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

devil's advocate: pj played great during toronto's 5 on 3...

6:06 PM  
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6:33 PM  
Blogger BruinsFan35 said...

Nice game from Manny tonight. He was challenging the shooter tonight and played with some confidence. 1st place, who would have thought?

9:31 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

PJ is definitely not scratch material; he's working hard and has been getting his game back. He looked like he was going to score tonight...

Manny played a hell of a game. That is by far his best and most confident set of saves I've seen him play in a while. He did go down way to early on the first one, but he made up for it with some great one-timer saves.

Lucic needs a fight, I think people are scared to...

11:17 PM  
Blogger BruinsFan35 said...

Putting Chuckie on the 4th line gives the B's 4 lines with the potential to put pucks in the net. There aren't many teams with the depth that the Bruins have.. 2 solid goaltenders, 4 complete lines, 6 dependable defenseman, and lots of depth in the AHL. If the Bruins do not finish in the top 5 in the East and don't make it past the first round of the playoffs, then the season will be a let down. What a HUGE turnaround this organization has made in just over a year.

11:34 PM  
Blogger BruinsFan35 said...

Jefe you're my favorite poster on this site (besides myself of course). It's apparent that you watch these games as well. How about Wideman netting another tonight? He's been huge for my fantasy team. You can't even fault Manny for that 1st goal, it was a screwy situation. Kessel had a brain fart and wasn't sure what to do and Chara and Ward were confused with what the other was going to do. Other than that another near perfect game from the B's. In my opinion the chemistry on this team is what's driving their success, they seem to be having so much fun playing with each other..and in my opinion that starts with Claude Julien.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no not kessels fault, lucic was late getting back and did not pick up his man (connolly)

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Axe misses and extended stretch of games the Bruins will suffer. He brings a lot more to the table then the know-nothing-know-it-all who keeps bashing him.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alot of roll players on this team this year. Axe does his job on pk well! every player has a job to do and they are doing it. It's really fun to watch this team play finally manny is in the mix and we have a great two way team keep it up guys GO BRUINS so long from michigan

4:58 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Yeah, Im glad you pointed out Widemans goal 35. It is huge, and for many reasons.

He really has shown why PC sacrificed Boyes, as its damn hard to come by solid D men.

3:03 AM  

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