Re: Which Bruin Will Bounce Back This Year?
posted at 1/15/2013 5:51 PM EST
In response to jmwalters's comment:
Nathan Horton-never really got going after his 2011 playoff concussion from the immortal Aaron Rome. Then AHL hatchet man Tom Sestito took him out with another nasty headshot which ended his season. Can he bounce back or will his head injuries make him timid?
David Krecji-was average point-wise but almost ridiculously inconsistent offensively and invisible in the playoffs after getting that pain of glass in the head at the end of Game 1. Not to mention -28 worse than the previous year. New year, new contract.
The entire 4rth line-not nearly as impressive as the previous year and certainly even less so in the playoffs where they contributed next to nothing. Even Julien has mentioned they need to be better as a unit this year especially since this season is only 48 games.
Unless you mean simply "bounce back from injury," Horton's a funny case. Gut feeling, yeah, he would be a comeback candidate. But you know what? 17 goals in 46 games is a 30 goal pace, and the 57 point pace he was on would have tied his second highest career point total. In the last 10 games before he got hurt again, not including the Philly game, he had 8 goals and 10 points. That line had a terrible start to the year. Maybe that's why we think Horton needs to bounce back. I hope he's a better and more impactful player this year, but he wasn't bad last year.
Krejci was a point/game player for the last 21 games of last year (March 1st on), and he was far more of a scorer - something that seemed to grow on him after the Cup run. You're right about his two-way game, though - that whole line was a combined +2 on the year with Krejci a -7. Relative to the team average on a team where Joe Corvo was +10, that's a fail.
4th line - agree completely. Never more important to roll four lines than it will be this year, and if these guys can contribute solid minutes and maybe a few goals or penalties drawn, it will go a long way.
I'd add Lucic specifically on reducing his turnovers. He gave the puck away more than anyone other than Chara, and he came up a really savvy, keep it simple passer and puck manager.