That’s right ladies and gentleman it is October and that means it is playoff base… no it’s start of the hockey season and man am I ready. After the heart wrenching loss in the Stanley Cup Finals the Boston Bruins are ready to start the season against the Dallas Stars Wednesday. The Bruins open up on the road 4 straight games before coming home against the New Jersey Devils.
The B’s have looked good during the preseason and with guys like Cehlarik, Bjork, Studnicka and Vaakananein this team has a lot of depth and is ready for the long haul once again. Of course during any season the depth will be needed but with the Bruins limited offseason these guys will be needed even more once they get deeper into the season. A shock to some is that Karson Kuhlman will start up on the NHL roster and might actually be in the top 6 forward group to start the year. The undrafted free agent from Minnesota had a pretty successful year for the B’s last year as he played in the Stanley Cup Final as a top 6 forward, being paired with Krejci and DeBrusk. He is looking to be in that same roll to start the year in hopes he can keep his game up and be a reliable 2 way right winger for the B’s.
Many thought Bjork finally earned his spot on the roster after some injury fill years in Providence but it looks like his roll to start the year was taken by David Backes. The third line of Heinen-Coyle-Bjork was performing like a top line in the preseason as Coyle looked like a man possessed when he has the puck and Heinen looks like a veteran who knows what he’s doing. Backes did earn his spot on the roster but there is no doubt in my mind he will be scratched and up in the suite sooner rather than later to get Bjork up here but for now Backes holds the spot. We know we will be seeing these guys later on in the year during the 82 game season as injuries and rest will happen to the regular starters.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Bruins do with new additions Par Lindholm and Brett Richie as they could be fourth line guys but the Bruins fourth line was one of their best last year with Kuraly, Wagner and Nordstrom. How will Cassidy fit all these guys in the lineup early on and with good preseasons from both guys, I thought they deserved to be on the roster as well.
Overall, this should be another good year for the B’s as they still have strong goaltending with Tuukka and Halak in the net who were both very good last year. The defense has immense depth even with guys like Kevan Miller and John Moore hurt. Jakub Zboril made the roster and that’s a good sign to see him make the jump after a strong camp and it will be exciting to see guys like Connor Clifton develop their game even more up here.
Thank god hockey is back!!