By: Erin Walsh
The Boston Bruins have started the preseason and to say they are doing well is an understatement. With a record of 4-1-0 to start the preseason, head coach Bruce Cassidy’s Bruins are looking fantastic. The youngsters are making a huge difference for the Bruins, but will their terrific play last throughout the regular season?
Forwards Anders Bjork and Jake Debrusk will most likely get a spot on the Bruins roster. Bjork fits in very well with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand while Jake DeBrusk is really enjoying his time playing with David Krejci and David Pastrnak. Bjork and DeBrusk are definitely ready to make the jump to the NHL, they will definitely struggle at some points in the season, but they’re rookies and that would be expected.
With Torey Krug sidelined for a minimum of three weeks, Rob O’Gara and Matt Grzelcyk will be fighting for their chance to play on this Bruins team. Both players will probably get a chance to play with Boston this season regardless of injuries to other defenseman.
This preseason the Bruins have looked terrific and fans everywhere are excited for the regular season to start on October 5. The Bruins will open up the regular season playing the defending Western Conference Champions(Nashville Predators) at TD Garden. This will be a tough game for the B’s, but with the TD Garden crowd behind them they should be able to take home the W.
This will be Bruce Cassidy’s first full season behind the Bruin bench and he will not disappoint. After replacing Claude Julien during the 2016-17 season, Cassidy lead the Bruins to an 18-8-1 record which essentially helped them make the playoffs. If the B’s keep winning under Bruce Cassidy, they will make the 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs without a doubt.
Potential lines for the 2017-18 season are:
These lines are just potential and will most likely change throughout the regular season. Players who will slot in the lineup include Postma, O’Gara, Grzelcyk, Vatrano, Kuraly, Forsbacka-Karlsson, Czarnik, and Agostino. With the season starting next week, the B’s have some major roster decisions to make.
There are still some questions in goal with starting goaltender Tuukka Rask who seems to have trouble with the workload he is given as well as getting injuries. Last season Rask saw a decline in how well he has played, but with a better defense this season that can help him out, he should be able to do well. If Rask can handle the workload and hopefully not get injured, he could potentially be nominated for the Vezina. Anton Khudobin and Zane McIntyre are the two possible backup goaltending options. With McIntyre only being 24 years of age, Anton Khudobin will likely get the backup gig as he has done nothing to lose his position.
This team will be better than last season, but the Atlantic Division keeps getting better and tougher which means the B’s have to play to their full potential in order to make the playoffs. This season will be full of ups and downs, but at least it’s hockey season again!