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Injuries kept this line from building on a strong first season together. Several different players filled the vacant spot at right-wing left by Nathan Horton. If Horton is healthy heading into next season, this line will likely stay together and play at a high level.
Report Cards: Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin | Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Coming off of his most productive scoring season as a Bruin, Lucic had a strong regular season. Still at times, he shows that he lacks top-line forward scoring skill. His best stretch of hockey during the season came while playing on a line with Tyler Segiun, as the speedy winger forced Lucic to keep his feet moving.
With 26 goals and 62 points from Lucic, there are no complaints, but with no goals during the playoffs there are huge concerns. On top of only having 12 points during the cup run last season, he seems to disappear during the playoffs. Next year, he needs to take his game to the next level in the second season.
Krejci got a $5 million contract at the beginning of the season and only produced 23 goals and 62 points. He is an extremely streaky player, and losing Nathan Horton for almost the entire season really hurt his game. As we all know, Krejci is a fantastic play maker and having a big bodied winger who can snipe like Horton is exactly what he needs on his line.
Like the rest of the Bruins forwards, minus a few guys, Krejci had a sub-par playoffs. The way the season ended should motivate Krejci to be more than ready to start next season. This should be the year that he shows what he is, a 60-point second-line center or an 80-point top-line center.
Horton played in only 46 games due to concussion problems. He tallied 17 goals and 32 points in that time, and he would have been around the 30-goal mark if he could stay healthy. The Bruins front office expects Horton to be ready to go at the start of next season, but with concussion issues, you just don’t know what is going to happen.
Horton was missed greatly in the playoffs and on the power play, as a winger that can score from anywhere with a shot is a great threat. If Horton can return with no concussion problems, he will be primed to join the 30-goal club for the second time in his career.