Boston Bruins 2014-15 Season Primer

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The Boston Bruins are the first team we are looking at in our 2014-15 Season Primer Series.

Use the below Tabs to view Bruins info for this upcoming season, as well as some numbers from last year.

2013-14 record: 54-19-9, 117 points
Where they finished: 1st in the Atlantic; 1st in the East; 1st in the NHL; lost 4-3 in the second round of playoffs against Montreal 

Player Salaries: $70,062,000 (21)
Cap Payroll: $69,809,143
Bonuses: $600,000
Cap Space: $-809,143
Forwards: $38,635,476 (12)
Defensemen: $18,794,167 (7)
Goalies: $7,600,000 (2)
Source: CapGeek.com

In: Christopher Breen D, Jeremy Smith G
Out: Andrej Meszaros D, Blake Parlett D, Chad Johnson G, Jarome Iginla RW, Mike Moore D, Nick Johnson RW, Shawn Thornton RW

2014-15 Team Outlook:

During the regular season last year, the Bruins were one of the most dominant teams in the NHL, finishing 1st in the entire league with 117 points on their way to winning the Presidents’ Trophy. The playoffs, however, were a different story.

After cruising by the beaten up Red Wings four games to one in the first round, the Bruins lost to their biggest rival, the Montreal Canadiens, in the second round during fierce series that went all seven games.

With what was thought of as the best team in the NHL, the Bruins not only failed to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but also fell to their enemy in the process; that’s got to sting a bit extra.

Due to financial reasons and the fact that their roster is still one of the better units in the league, this offseason the Bruins didn’t add a single NHL caliber player in free agency. Instead, the team lost useful players like Jerome Iginla (30 goals last season) to the Colorado Avalanche, Shawn Thornton to the Florida Panthers, Andrej Meszaros (who only appeared in 14 games for Boston) to the Buffalo Sabres, and goalie Chad Johnson (17-4 record with a .925 save percentage as the backup last season) to the New York Islanders.

Much attention has been drawn to the fact that Boston didn’t have the ability to add talent this offseason, but something that is being overlooked is the fact that the Bruins have the talent at the AHL level to replace some of those key players.

Offensively, the Bruins will be led by the deadly combination of Milan Lucic and David Krejci on their top line, with former 30 goal man Loui Eriksson (who was acquired in the Tyler Seguin trade with the Dallas Stars last year) likely to move up the depth chart and join them. Last season was one of the worst in Eriksson’s career, totaling just nine goals and 35 points in 58 games while dealing with concussion issues and getting used to the Boston system. If he can return to his former goal-scoring ways, Iginla’s replacement will have been found from within. On the second-line will be a familiar site, with Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith lining up on the wings around the two-way ace, Patrice Bergeron. The third-line is where it starts to get a little more difficult to figure out, with big winger Carl Soderberg being the only lock. The centre spot will be occupied by one of Chris Kelly, Ryan Spooner, or potentially 20 year old rookie Alexander Khokhlachev if the team wants to go with a more offensive style third-line. On the other empty wing spot will most likely be Jordan Caron, although young scoring wingers Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith and Craig Cunningham should also have a shot if they impress in camp. The fourth-line will consist of the usual suspects Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell, with either Spooner or Kelly (whoever doesn’t make the third-line) filling the other spot.

The Bruins defense is going to look very similar to last season, with Zdeno Chara and either Dennis Seidenberg or Dougie Hamilton on the first-pairing, Johnny Boychuk and either Hamilton or Seidenberg on the second, and Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid on the third. The only other defenseman with a legitimate shot at taking someone’s spot (McQuaid is the only expendable defenseman) is Joe Morrow, who like Eriksson, was acquired in the Seguin trade. The 21 year old 6’1” 206 lbs. defenseman is one of the Bruins top prospects who tallied six goals and 29 points in 56 games for the Providence Bruins last year.

Goalie-wise, the Bruins are set, even after losing Johnson. With the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, Tuukka Rask, as the starter and Niklas Svedberg (only one game of NHL experience but has played in the Swedish Elite League and the AHL for the past two seasons) as the backup, Boston will be just fine. As crazy as it is to think, should Rask slip this season, and there is absolutely no reason he should, the Bruins also have their top prospect, according to HockeysFuture.com, Malcolm Subban (brother of P.K.) waiting in the wings as the starter for Providence.

Although they were unable to shake up their roster this offseason, the Bruins are still in a strong position heading into the 2014-15 season. With solid depth in all three areas (forward, defense, goaltending) the team will continue as one of the NHL’s best this year. They should have no problems making the playoffs in a top-three seeded position, but with that being said, this is the year that the Bruins need to decide if this is their core going forward, or if changes need to be made.

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

The depth chart listed below was taken from NHL.com’s 30-in-30. Forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug are restricted free agents that haven’t signed at time of this posting.

FORWARDS
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Loui Eriksson
Ryan Spooner - Carl Soderberg - Chris Kelly
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Jordan Caron
Justin Florek - Matt Fraser

DEFENSEMEN
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg - Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug - Matt Bartkowski
Adam McQuaid

GOALTENDERS
Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Forwards POS HT WT DOB BIRTH PLACE
Patrice Bergeron C 6′ 2″ 194 24-Jul-85 ANCIENNE-LORETTE, QC, CAN
Gregory Campbell C 6′ 0″ 197 17-Dec-83 LONDON, ON, CAN
Jordan Caron R 6′ 3″ 204 2-Nov-90 SAYABEC, QC, CAN
Loui Eriksson R 6′ 2″ 196 17-Jul-85 GOTHENBURG, SWE
Matt Fraser R 6′ 1″ 204 20-May-90 RED DEER, AB, CAN
Chris Kelly C 6′ 0″ 198 11-Nov-80 TORONTO, ON, CAN
David Krejci C 6′ 0″ 188 28-Apr-86 STERNBERK, CZE
Milan Lucic L 6′ 3″ 235 7-Jun-88 VANCOUVER, BC, CAN
Brad Marchand L 5′ 9″ 183 11-May-88 HALIFAX, NS, CAN
Daniel Paille L 6′ 1″ 200 15-Apr-84 WELLAND, ON, CAN
Marc Savard C 5′ 10″ 191 17-Jul-77 OTTAWA, ON, CAN
Reilly Smith R 6′ 0″ 185 1-Apr-91 TORONTO, ON, CAN
Carl Soderberg C 6′ 3″ 216 12-Oct-85 MALMÖ, SWE
Defense HT WT DOB Age BIRTH PLACE
Matt Bartkowski 6′ 1″ 196 4-Jun-88 26 PITTSBURGH, PA, USA
Johnny Boychuk 6′ 2″ 225 19-Jan-84 30 EDMONTON, AB, CAN
Zdeno Chara 6′ 9″ 255 18-Mar-77 37 TRENCIN, SVK
Dougie Hamilton 6′ 5″ 212 17-Jun-93 21 TORONTO, ON, CAN
Torey Krug 5′ 9″ 181 12-Apr-91 23 LIVONIA, MI, USA
Adam Mcquaid 6′ 5″ 209 12-Oct-86 27 CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, CAN
Kevan Miller 6′ 2″ 210 15-Nov-87 26 LOS ANGELES, CA, USA
Dennis Seidenberg 6′ 1″ 210 18-Jul-81 33 SCHWENNINGEN, DEU
Goaltenders
Tuukka Rask 6′ 2″ 185 10-Mar-87 27 SAVONLINNA, FIN
Niklas Svedberg 6′ 0″ 176 4-Sep-89 24 SOLLENTUNA, SWE

A look at the Boston Bruins top prospects heading into this season. Each source may use different classifications as to if a player is deemed a prospect or has graduated on from a prospect.

RK NHL.com ESPN – Corey Pronman Dobber Prospects The Hockey News
1 Ryan Spooner David Pastrnak Ryan Spooner Malcolm Subban
2 Malcolm Subban Ryan Spooner Joe Morrow Joe Morrow
3 Alexander Khokhlachev Alexander Khokhlachev Malcolm Subban Ryan Spooner
4 Joe Morrow Matt Grzelcyk Niklas Svedberg David Pastrnak
5 David Pastrnak Linus Arnesson Alexander Khokhlachev Niklas Svedberg
6 David Warsofsky Joe Morrow David Pastrnak David Warsofsky
7 Niklas Svedberg Malcolm Subban Anthony Camara Alexander Khokhlachev
8 Zach Trotman Peter Cehlarik Jared Knight Ryan Donato
9 Brian Ferlin Seth Griffith David Warsofsky Brian Ferlin
10 Anthony Camara Ryan Fitzgerald Matt Fraser Linus Arnesson

* Dobber Prospects – Prospects based on relevance in a fantasy-hockey keeper league, not actual talent on the ice.

Draft History for the past five years.

2014 Draft
Rd. Draft # Player Pos. Team Ht. Wt.
1 25 David Pastrnak LW/RW Sodertalje SK (SWE) 6′ 0″ 168
2 56 Ryan Donato C Dexter HS (MA) 6′ 0″ 175
4 116 Danton Heinen C/LW Surrey (BCHL) 6′ 0″ 165
5 146 Anders Bjork LW USA U-18 (USHL) 5′ 11″ 182
7 206 Emil Johansson D Hv 71 Jr. (SWE) 5′ 11″ 194
2013 Draft
2 60 Linus Arnesson D Djurgardens IF (SWE) 6′ 2″ 190
3 90 Peter Cehlarik LW Lulea Jr. (SWE) 6′ 2″ 192
4 120 Ryan Fitzgerld C Valley Jr (EJHL) 5′ 10″ 165
5 150 Wiley Sherman D Hotchkiss School (HS CT ) 6′ 6″ 206
6 180 Anton Blidh LW Frolunda Jr. (SWE-JR. ) 6′ 0″ 184
7 210 Mitchell Dempsey LW Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 6′ 2″ 205
2012 Draft
1 24 Malcolm Subban G Belleville (OHL) 6′ 1″ 178
3 85 Matt Grzelcyk D USA U-18 5′ 9″ 171
5 131 Seth Griffith LW London (OHL) 5’11″ 180
5 145 Cody Payne RW Plymouth (OHL) 6′ 2″ 201
6 175 Matthew Benning D Spruce Grove (BCHL) 6′ 0″ 218
7 205 Colton Hargrove LW Fargo (USHL) 6′ 1″ 215
2011 Draft
1 9 Dougie Hamilton D Niagara (OHL) 6′ 4″ 193
2 40 Alexander Khokhlachev LW Windsor (OHL) 5’11″ 176
3 81 Anthony Camara LW Saginaw (OHL) 6′ 0″ 195
4 121 Brian Ferlin RW Indiana (USHL) 6′ 1″ 196
5 151 Rob O’Gara D Milton Academy HS (MA) 6′ 2″ 185
6 181 Lars Volden G Blues Jr (Fin) 6′ 3″ 200
2010 Draft
1 2 Tyler Seguin C Plymouth (OHL) 6′ 1″ 185
2 32 Jared Knight C/RW London 5’11″ 180
2 45 Ryan Spooner C Peterborough 6′ 1″ 180
4 97 Craig Cunningham LW VANCOUVER 5’10″ 180
5 135 Justin Florek F Northern Michigan 6′ 4″ 194
6 165 Zane Gothberg G Thief River Falls 6′ 1″ 177
7 195 Maxim Chudinov D Cherepovets 5’11″ 187
7 210 Zach Trotman D Lake Superior 6′ 3″ 195

Boston Bruins player stats from their 2013-14 season.

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
David Krejci 80 19 50 69 39 28 3 0 6 169 11.2
Patrice Bergeron 80 30 32 62 38 43 7 1 7 243 12.3
Jarome Iginla 78 30 31 61 34 47 4 0 8 209 14.4
Milan Lucic 80 24 35 59 30 91 3 0 5 153 15.7
Brad Marchand 82 25 28 53 36 64 1 5 5 149 16.8
Reilly Smith 82 20 31 51 28 14 6 0 3 146 13.7
Carl Soderberg 73 16 32 48 4 36 5 0 3 129 12.4
Zdeno Chara 77 17 23 40 25 66 10 0 3 168 10.1
Torey Krug 79 14 26 40 18 28 6 0 2 183 7.7
Loui Eriksson 61 10 27 37 14 6 2 0 2 115 8.7
Dougie Hamilton 64 7 18 25 22 40 2 0 1 114 6.1
Johnny Boychuk 75 5 18 23 31 45 0 0 1 142 3.5
Gregory Campbell 82 8 13 21 1 47 0 1 2 84 9.5
Chris Kelly 57 9 9 18 2 32 0 1 0 69 13
Daniel Paille 72 9 9 18 9 6 0 1 1 71 12.7
Matt Bartkowski 64 0 18 18 22 30 0 0 0 91 0
Ryan Spooner 23 0 11 11 0 6 0 0 0 42 0
Dennis Seidenberg 34 1 9 10 11 10 0 0 0 53 1.9
Shawn Thornton 64 5 3 8 3 74 0 0 1 93 5.4
Adam Mcquaid 30 1 5 6 12 69 0 0 0 25 4
Kevan Miller 47 1 5 6 20 38 0 0 1 41 2.4
Andrej Meszaros 14 2 3 5 4 6 1 0 0 22 9.1
Jordan Caron 35 1 2 3 -8 36 0 0 0 52 1.9
David Warsofsky 6 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 10 10
Matt Fraser 14 2 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 13 15.4
Justin Florek 4 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 20
Corey Potter 3 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nick Johnson 9 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0 0 10 0
Craig Cunningham 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Zach Trotman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Alexander Khokhlachev 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Matt Lindblad 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goalie GPI GS MIN GAA W L OT SO SA GA SV%
Tuukka Rask 58 58 3386 2.04 36 15 6 7 1641 115 0.93
Chad Johnson 27 23 1511 2.1 17 4 3 2 708 53 0.925
Niklas Svedberg 1 1 61 1.97 1 0 0 0 35 2 0.943

Performance and Usage Charts for the Boston Bruins for last season, from Extra Skater.

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8 Comments

  1. Mike

    August 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Why do people think Jordan Caron should be a regular for the Bruins? He has proven to be worthless and have no benefit to the Bruins in his tenure in Boston. I would much rather see someone like Matt Fraser or Justin Florek start over Caron and I’m sure I’m not alone. The same goes for Matt Bartkowski. People think because he is a good puck moving defenseman he should start for the Bruins but they don’t judge Bartkowski on his defensive game. Adam Mcquaid or Kevan Miller would be much better suitors for a full-time defensive slot on the Bruins roster. Lastly, I would like to see David Pastrnak get a slot on the 3rd line over Chris Kelly, whether they decide to trade Chris Kelly or make him the 13th forward.

    Lucic-Krejci-Eriksson
    Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
    Spooner-Soderberg-Pastrnak
    Paille-Campbell-Fraser
    Kelly

    Chara-Hamilton
    Seidenberg-Boychuk
    Krug-Mcquaid

    Rask-Svedberg

    • Jeremy mcpherson

      August 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      I agree except kelly should play wing on the third line, at least then they have a two way player on every line. Trade bartkowski, thats a no brainer, and id rather have a healthy mcquad then miller, but healthy is a rare thing for him

  2. Dan

    August 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Greg
    You should really review each team before writing.. Soderberg flourished at center , Kelly will be fourth line maybe
    Campbell, mcquaid bartkowski traded
    Joe Morrow has no chance of making team

    Lines

    Lucic- Krejci- Pastranak
    Marchand Bergeron smith
    Kochklachev Soderberg Erikkson
    FraSER spooner Paille
    Kelly

    Chara Hamilton
    Seidenberg Boychuk
    Krug Miller
    Mcquaid ( trade)
    Bartkowski

  3. Coner

    August 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Unless I don’t understand this right- such a possibility lol!- Smith and Krug still have to be signed which most likey means the B’s are about 3 mill short, which means unfortunately more than likely Johnny B will have to be traded, and that sucks because I think they could live without Kelly who is missing in action most of the time these days anyways… So that probably leaves:
    Lucic Krecji Eriksson
    Marchand Bergeron Smith
    Kelly Soderberg Spooner
    Paille Campbell Fraser/Florek

    Chara Hamilton
    Seidenburg Miller
    Krug McQuaid
    Bartkowski

    Need to replace Thorntons physicality, Fraser/Florek can hit and will drop ‘em. Miller is Boychuk jr., Spoons / Kelly gives some quick dudes to forecheck and get open for Carls passes. And Bart, maligned as he is for last years playoffs, will be OK, and maybe a good trade chip if needed. Cup Time is here!

  4. Ben

    August 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

    The lines I see are similar to the lines posted in comments except for a player here or there. There are also a few things to consider dollar and contract wise for the B’s. They signed Caron to a 1-way deal, so it appears the B’s brass isn’t quite ready to give up on the former first rounder just yet…as much as I hate to say it (and wish it wasn’t so), he’s going to get another shot (we all know how it’s going to go). Also, Bartkowski was signed to a deal worth 1.25 mil, which is way too much for a 7th D, he’s getting moved. Miller is a McQuaid-esque type D for almost half the cost and no history of injuries. However, McQuaid has zero trade value until he proves he’s healthy, which will take the first month of the season. The Merlot line’s subpar year last year (not to mention losing Thornton and fourth lines changing around the league) means Paille and Campbell will be split up. Kelly may have lost his job to Soderberg, but there’s absolutely no way he’s your 13th forward at 3 mil a season, so unfortunately that bumps Campbell down on the depth chart. These lines assume the B’s are able to sign both Smith and Krug.

    Lucic-Krecji-Eriksson
    Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
    Fraser-Soderberg-Spooner with Pastranak as a possibility
    Paille-Kelly-Florek
    Campbell

    Chara-Hamilton
    Seidenberg-Boychuk
    Krug-Miller/McQuaid

    Bartkowski traded

    • Fischbait_14

      August 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      As the eternal optimist i am forced to be i am hoping that now that finally Caron has a spot to claim and i believe is his to lose maybe he will step it up. Maybe this will be the year he makes something happen and no he has a chance unlike other years where Bostons roster was virtually uncrackable

  5. Pesus

    August 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Most dominate team in the nhl????
    Saying that about any team in the east is laughable.

    • Laurie

      August 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Hardly! The Bruins had a winning record against western teams last season. They were President’s Cup Champs. Calling them anything other than a top team is ignorant at best.

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