1. Patrice Bergeron
Ever since trading captain Joe Thornton in 2005-06, the Bruins have made a commitment to build the team around their most promising star: Patrice Bergeron. That strategy has paid off, as Bergeron has become the unquestioned leader of the offense, and adding players and implementing ideas to compliment his skills has led to six straight playoff appearances, three division titles, two conference championships, and one Stanley Cup.
In his nine-year career, Bergeron has scored 153 goals and 280 assists and has a career +/- of 70. Noted as one of the best two-way players in the NHL, Bergeron won the Selke Trophy for the league’s best defensive forward in 2011-12, and was a finalist this past season.