Re: The positives
posted at 5/16/2014 2:39 PM EDT
Positives for me:
Soderberg emerged in a beast-like fashion. If Eriksson can get fully right and back to being a 30-goal guy, and Fraser can continue to develop and improve, we'll have a solid 3rd line.
I thought Krug - who struggled at times during the regular season - got better as the playoff went along. He had a very good Game 7 and earned his big minutes that night.
Hamilton has arrived. This guy will be in the Norris conversation before we know it.
Miller was solid for his first 1/2 season. For most of the time this year, he made you forget he was an emergency replacement for Seids. Struggled with the pressure in the playoffs, but seems to have the grit/character to overcome and learn.
Bergeron is the Bruins' best player and MVP. Should win the Selke and predictably raised his game during the playoffs when many of his co-stars did not.
Iginla I'm ranking as a positive. He was a 30-goal scorer and the leading goal-scorer in the playoffs. The guy can't create his own offense any more, but he can finish. Lucic was an absolute dead weight on the first line throughout the playoffs.
Rask is one of the best goalies in the game and was far better than some of the Round 2 results might indicate. Still finished with a GAA under 2 and a .928 save %, which rank him 3rd behind Lundquist and Crawford.
Reilly Smith had a very good first season with the B's and was solid if not spectacular in the playoffs. Another guy skating with dead weight on the other wing, I see him as a solid contributor next season.