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Now, let’s take a look at the Bruins’ defensemen:
Zdeno Chara - 2011-2012 stats: GP 79 G 12 A 40 PTS 52 +/- 33 PIM 86
Dougie Hamilton - 2011-2012 OHL stats: GP 50 G 17 A 55 PTS 72 +/- 37 PIM 47
2012-2013 OHL stats: GP 32 G 8 A 33 PTS 41 +/- 24 PIM 32
Norris Trophy runner up and captain Zdeno Chara is projected to be matched with rookie and 2011 9th overall pick (Thanks again Phil!) Dougie Hamilton. Listed at 6’5″, 193 pounds (and still growing), this 19-year-old is making the jump from dominating the OHL blue line to the NHL. Granted, he will make rookie mistakes but will be learning and under the watchful eye of Chara. Hamilton, a two way defensman with good offensive ability, just might finally be the offensive defenseman the Bruins have coveted since Ray Bourque and have swung and missed on with Dennis Wiedman and Tomas Kaberle.
Dennis Seidenberg - 2011-2012 stats: GP 80 G 5 A 18 PTS 23 +/- 15 PIM 39
Johnny Boychuck - 2011-2012 stats: GP 77 G 5 A 10 PTS 15 +/- 27 PIM 53
Andrew Ference - 2011-2012 stats: GP 72 G 6 A 18 PTS 14 +/- 9 PIM 46
Adam McQuaid - 2011-2012 stats: GP 72 G 2 A 8 PTS 10 +/- 16 PIM 99
At this point before camp, it is unclear exactly who will be paired with who. What I do know is that Dennis Seidenberg will no longer be paired with Chara, but will continue to be the Bruins second best defenseman and be near the top of the league with blocked shots.
Johnny “On the Spot” Boychuck will continue to provide good defense, launch bombs from the blue line, throw his body around, and be around the net to clear rebounds away. Andrew Ference will continue to be a good defender and be a Garden favorite for being the first man in when sticking up for teammates.
Adam McQuaid will be Darth Quater and throw his body around and continue to demolish his opponents in fights. The question is, when he will be ready? Recovering from two major surgeries back in October to remove blod clots in his shoulder, it is unclear when he will return to the lineup. He just stepped back on the ice last week.
Listed below are the possible replacements that will be in camp this week, with Aaron Johnson being penciled in as the favorite.
Aaron Johnson - 2011-2012 stats: GP 56 G 3 A 13 PTS 16 +/- -12 PIM 26
Matt Bartkowski - 2012-2013 AHL stats: GP 30 G 2 A 7 PTS 9 +/- 0 PIM 39
Tony Krug - 2012-2013 AHL stats: GP 24 G 2 A 5 PTS 7 +/- -9 PIM 23
David Warsofsky - 2012-2013 AHL stats: GP 30 G 2 A 7 PTS 9 +/- -1 PIM 10