Truthfully this is the B-plus crew because all of these players were excellent as well. Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic both put together seasons of at least 24 goals, 50 points and a plus-30 while also supplying their needed emotional spark during the regular season. A little bonus credit for Marchand who battled back from a slow first month to put together a regular season consistent with his last few years.
Reilly Smith finished with the kind of numbers -- 20 goals and 51 points – that would have blown away people had they been privy to them prior to the season, but also experienced a very ragged end to the season.
Five goals and 23 points for Johnny Boychuk, and he led all Bruins defenseman with a plus-31 while holding things together once Dennis Seidenberg went down.
Carl Soderberg finished with 16 goals and 48 points in his first full NHL season, and has turned the B’s third line into a bona fide threat entering the playoffs.
Kevan Miller was a consistent, physical beast during 47 games in his rookie season with the Bruins, and has earned himself a job in Boston.
Chad Johnson was 17-4-3 as the Bruins backup goalie this season, and proved once again that the B’s system is a goalie’s best friend.
Dougie Hamilton took a big step forward this season with decent offensive numbers (seven goals, 25 points) coupled with 19 minutes per night against the other team’s best players while paired with Zdeno Chara.
Gregory Campbell overcame a slow start to the season recovering from a broken leg, and finished with eight goals and 21 points.