Re: Breakdown your thoughts of the Bs three young defensman so far.
posted at 10/14/2013 11:06 AM EDT
Bartkowski may be the most polished. I think he's done developing, and he obviously has the lowest upside, but he's pretty solid. I think the game against Columbus he made a few turnovers, but I think it was just rust. He's pretty sound in all parts of the game. There's no shame in being a 24 year old (?) who's just a #5 or so defenseman (maybe not on this team, but on most teams). Confident with him in there.
Krug is obviously electrifying. He works the blue line tremendously on the power play, and his ability to be a one-man breakout is impressive. He's not going to be a shutdown guy ever, but he brings a dynamic to this team that hasn't been seen around here in a long time. A team that has long been known for having 6 thumpers on the blue line now has an interesting dynamic.
Dougie doesn't appear to have the skating stride that he was touted for. Maybe he's just deceptively fast, I don't know, but I just don't see the speed. His ability to make the stretch pass comes as advertised, and his upside defensively is obviously there. If he can fill out and just play as strong as, say, McQuaid, he could very well be a top pairing defenseman in a year or two, strictly due to his two-way play.
I'm very excited about these guys. I don't see them trading any of them or the veterans that they have, even if the guys in Providence show something. If guys like Morrow or Trotman show something in Providence, they're more likely to be traded with a draft pick (if some pieces are needed, which they almost always are at the deadline, if for nothing more than to just get better, even if they're beating up on everyone). As many have said about the Bruins, their window for championships is now, and they'll likely stick with their proven commodities.