Bruins season preview: Need fast start to overcome injuries

The 2022-23 NHL season begins Oct. 7. With coaching camps opening quickly, NHL.com is looking on the 3 keys, within scoop on roster questions, and projected lineup for every of the 32 groups. Today, the Boston Bruins.

Coach: Jim Montgomery (first season)

Last season: 51-26-5, fourth position in Atlantic Division; misplaced to Carolina Hurricanes in Eastern Conference First Round

3 KEYS

1. Responding to new trainer Montgomery

The Bruins opted for a training alternate after six seasons, welcoming Jim Montgomery for his 2d probability at an NHL training task. The former Dallas Stars trainer vowed to support Boston’s offense, in part by means of getting extra from its protection, as well as to bettering the verbal exchange with avid gamers. But to make the alternate from Bruce Cassidy as trainer imply one thing, the Bruins want to reply to a brand new voice and a brand new way whilst the roster stays in large part the similar.

2. Starting robust

The Bruins will start the season already at the back of with injuries to 3 the most important avid gamers: ahead Brad Marchand (each hips) and defensemen Charlie McAvoy (left shoulder) and Matt Grzelcyk (proper shoulder). Grzelcyk is slated to go back in November, with Marchand and McAvoy again in December. The hope for the Bruins is that they continue to be aggressive whilst additionally getting a take a look at potentialities ahead of Grzelcyk, McAvoy and Marchand go back.

3. Finding offense

The Bruins ranked in the course of the pack offensively closing season (fifteenth within the NHL, 3.09 targets in keeping with sport) and with out main scorer Marchand (80 issues) they’re going to have to to find scoring in other places to start the season. Will Jake DeBrusk stay up the tempo he discovered closing season when he were given a possibility to skate with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron and scored 25 targets? Will David Krejci step proper again into the NHL the place he left off after a 12 months enjoying in his local Czech Republic? Will Pavel Zacha discover a house in Boston and support at the numbers he post with the New Jersey Devils? At least a type of choices could have to hit for them to keep close to the highest of the Atlantic.

Video: NHL Tonight at the contemporary signings for the Bruins

ROSTER RUNDOWN

Making the reduce

With the important thing injuries to start the season, the Bruins have some spots up for grabs. Instead of the standard Marchand-Bergeron pairing, Montgomery may just decide to pair Bergeron with somebody like prospect Fabian Lysell to give them the most efficient conceivable shot to provoke on the outset. They’ll additionally want somebody to fill McAvoy’s spot with Hampus Lindholm (most probably Brandon Carlo), presenting a possibility for Jakub Zboril. There’s no query that to start the season, the Bruins lineup will probably be in flux.

Most intriguing addition

Zacha hasn’t ever relatively performed up to his draft slot after being fascinated about the No. 6 pick out within the 2015 NHL Draft by means of the Devils, so a contemporary start could be excellent for the ahead. Zacha, who’s one in every of 5 Czech avid gamers at the Bruins, used to be received in a industry for heart Erik Haula on July 14 and signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract as a limited loose agent on Aug. 8. He’s coming off an NHL occupation excessive in issues with 36 (15 targets, 21 assists) and may just get a possibility to play within the most sensible six with a high-skill heart, probably as an audition to change both Bergeron or Krejci down the road.

Biggest possible marvel

It could be asking so much for Lysell to make the soar from Vancouver of the Western Hockey League to the NHL at 19, however the Bruins have favored what they have got observed out of the ahead in his transient time in North America. He had 62 issues (22 targets, 40 assists) in 53 video games and has proven flashes of being a dynamic offensive participant, which the Bruins may just use. Could he make the soar like Pastrnak did in 2014-15 regardless of wanting to acquire some power and bulk? It’s at the desk.

Ready to smash via

This may well be the danger for Zboril to end up the doubters incorrect. Before he tore his ACL in December, finishing his season, he had began to display flashes of the facility that led to the Bruins to pick out him at No. 13 within the 2015 NHL Draft. With McAvoy and Grzelcyk out, there will probably be quite a lot of mins at defenseman on the start of the season and Zboril must be known as upon often.

Fantasy sleeper

Lindholm, D (delusion moderate draft place: 145.8) — He will most probably convey no less than non permanent publicity to Boston’s elite forwards David Pastrnak and Bergeron at the first energy play and must get pleasure from the eventual go back of McAvoy (shoulder surgical operation) at the most sensible protection pair, making Lindholm a delusion sleeper who may just shatter his earlier NHL occupation excessive in issues (34 with Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15). — Pete Jensen

PROJECTED LINEUP

Taylor Hall — David Krejci — David Pastrnak

Pavel Zacha — Patrice Bergeron — Jake DeBrusk

Trent FredericCharlie CoyleCraig Smith

Nick FolignoTomas NosekMarc McLaughlin

Hampus Lindholm — Brandon Carlo

Mike Reilly — Jakub Zboril

Derek ForbortConnor Clifton

Jeremy Swayman

Linus Ullmark

Injured: Brad Marchand (hip), Charlie McAvoy (shoulder), Matt Grzelcyk (shoulder)

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