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As the NHL playoffs roll along, we’ll be taking a look back at the Bruins season that was. First, we review one of the Bruins’ top lines…
Report Cards: Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin | Lucic-Krejci-Horton
There was no sophomore slump for Marchand in his second full season as a Bruin. He had 28 goals and 27 assists for 55 points, improving in all three-stat categories from last season. This occurred all while still being the agitator for the Bruins.
He didn’t really start strong or finish strong, finishing with only four points in the first month and and only two points in the Washington series, but overall it was a good season for him.
It looks like he has found a home along side Patrice Bergeron and on the penalty kill. Marchand will likely be trying to join the 30-goal club next season.
It was an all-around great season for Bergeron, who is an all-around great player. Bergeron was nominated for the Selke award for best two-way forward for the first time this season. Playing with the two young guns for most of the year, Bergeron had his best point production since missing time with concussions. He finished with 64 points, thanks to 22 goals and 42 helpers.
His best job was done in the face-off circles, as he won more than half of his draws all season. After the Bruins were eliminated, the team announced that he was playing in the playoffs with a broken nose and an injury to an oblique muscle. Look for more points next season from the leader of the offense, if he stays with the young wingers.
Seguin got a chance to play real minutes this season and he showed that he was more than up for it. He led the team in points and goals in his second season with 29 goals 38 assists for 67 points. He showed that not only he can score in the NHL, but he is capable of being a two-way player, showing more willingness to go to the dirty areas all season long.
It will be interesting to see how long Seguin stays on a wing, as his natural position is center and he is more dangerous in that role, but there seems to be a log jam down the middle and a need on the right-wing.
In order for Seguin to build on last season, he needs to get stronger and he needs more ice time to reach his full potential, so hopefully he makes that jump to a top 5 player in the league.