Bruins player projections for 2013-14

Bruins player projections for 2013-14
October 3, 2013, 10:00 am
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David Krejci (25 goals, 45 assists for 70 points) – The Czech center has topped 70 points only once in his NHL career, but projects to do it again this season given his linemates and an improved Bruins power play.

Patrice Bergeron (23 goals, 40 assists for 63 points) – The biggest strength of the team is Boston’s top two centers, and Bergeron has settled nicely into this range of offensive numbers while serving as the best defensive forward in the NHL.

Jarome Iginla (30 goals, 30 assists for 60 points) – The 36-year-old can still score goals, and it will help him immensely to be playing on his right side again with talented linemates in Krejci and Milan Lucic. He will be one of the saviors on the revamped B’s power play.

Milan Lucic (25 goals, 33 assists for 58 points) – The 25-year-old power forward had a down season last year after admittedly coming into the shortened season in less than prime conditioning shape. He will resemble much more closely the guy that he was the last two full seasons.

Loui Eriksson (22 goals, 35 assists for 57 points) – While Eriksson averaged close to 30 goals and 70 points in his full seasons with the Dallas Stars, the numbers might go down just a little bit in the Bruins system. I’m interested to see how things work out with the Swedish forward playing on his off wing as well.

Zdeno Chara (15 goals, 35 assists for 47 points) – The goals will go up as he plays closer to the net on power plays, and the overall numbers should stay in the neighborhood they’ve been in over the last few full seasons.

Carl Soderberg (20 goals, 25 assists for 45 points) – Everybody finally gets to see what the hype is about with the Big Swede, who will get plenty of goals cleaning things up around the net. His big body and ability to finish things around the net will make him one of seven 20 goals scorers for the Black and Gold.

Brad Marchand (20 goals, 24 assists for 44 points) – The B’s antagonistic force hovered close to the 30 goal plateau a couple of seasons ago, but may take a tiny step back this season. The lack of power play time might cut into his overall production.

Torey Krug (7 goals, 37 assists for 44 points) – Krug will be one of the reasons, along with Iginla, that the Bruins power play finally makes a big move forward this season. He is the real deal working the point with quickness, a booming shot and the confidence to make plays.

Chris Kelly (10 goals, 20 assists for 30 points) – Kelly will be much more in line with his career numbers while managing to worry more about the defensive end of the ice than forcing offense.

Dougie Hamilton (9 goals, 20 assists for 29 points) – It’s a nice step up for Dougie Hamilton in his second pro season among a defensemen corps that’s really upgraded their offensive skill.

Reilly Smith (10 goals, 18 assists for 28 points) – While everybody talks about Eriksson as the player brought in the Tyler Seguin deal, Smith will also definitely help the Bruins with his heady, gritty game.

Johnny Boychuk (11 goals, 16 assists for 27 points) – A nice little offensive breakthrough season for No. 55 as he really elevated his offensive ability to another level during the playoffs. Boychuk started featuring a quick wrist shot along with his booming slapper, and that helped pucks start to go in for him.

Dennis Seidenberg (4 goals, 19 assists for 23 points) – It’s another solid season for the German defenseman, who earns his money as an indestructible tank in the defensive zone.

Daniel Paille (8 goals, 10 assists for 18 points) – It will be another year where Paille will do all the little things right, and get a number of offensive chances because of his speed and tenacity.

Gregory Campbell (5 goals, 9 assists for 14 points) – Things may start slowly for Campbell as he comes back from the broken bone in his leg, but he’ll be a solid fourth line center as usual.

Adam McQuaid (1 goal, 10 assists for 11 points) – McQuaid isn’t a big points guy, but will make his bones with strong play in the defensive zone and the willingness to stand up for his teammates.

Matt Bartkowski (3 goals, 6 assists for 9 points) -- It appears that Bart will start the year as the spare defenseman, and will rotate in when health and fatigue dictates his opportunities. He's got the speed, size and maturity level to stick as an NHL player, and not it's up to him to decide how good he can be.

Shawn Thornton (3 goals, 5 assists for 8 points) – The B’s enforcer will continue to show he’s a legitimately effective hockey player in addition to a fighter, and there will always be a place for those kind of guys.

Jordan Caron (2 goals, 3 assists) – The former first round pick made the roster, and will play opening night with Carl Soderberg out with an ankle injury. But he might not be long for this team.

Tuukka Rask (39-21-2 with a .925 save percentage and 2.15 GAA) – The Bruins franchise goaltender has a solid first season with a legitimate 60-plus game workload, and even beats Tim Thomas head-to-head once or twice.

Chad Johnson (7-11-2 with a .905 save percentage and 2.75 GAA) – Johnson manages some good performances for the Bruins as Tuukka’s backup, but may give way to Niklas Svedberg before the season is over.