When a team doesn’t make the postseason the year before, they tend to become suspect. And that’s how the Boston Bruins are as they head into training camp.
By suspect, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re due for a rough year so much as it does they have questions they need to answer. Here’s a look at some of those:
Where do the young guys fit on defense?
Obviously, the Bruins have a lot of younger guys on both sides of the puck. Robbie O’Gara and Matt Grzyelcyk are just out of college. And Brandon Carlo has to be on everyone’s mind. It will be interesting to see how that one plays out.
Where do the young guys fit in on the attack?
It’s tough to pinpoint who make up the Bruins third and fourth lines of forwards. Certainly, David Pastrnak and Frank Vatrano have to be favorites. But Austin Czarnik, Danton Heinen, Zach Senyshyn, Brian Ferlin, Seth Griffith and Jake Debrusk are guys everyone should be looking at. It should make things nice and difficult for Zac Rinaldo.
Is this guy a center or a wing? He wants to be a center. But for him to do so, he’ll need to be better — all-around. If not, he’ll be up-and-down this year — again.
David Krejci and Torey Krug’s status has to be a major question as they underwent surgery this offseason. Krejci had kind of a down year last year — albeit still productive — and Krug, a puck handling defender, led the Bruins defense in points last year.
OK, this won’t really be an issue until after the season. But the Bruins have to think about extending Brad Marchand right now. Maybe he’ll give them a discount that way. Just something they should think about, you know?