We’re 11 days away from the Bruins drafting either Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall in Los Angeles. Appropriately, we’ll be ramping up our draft coverage online and in the newspaper. Next week, we’ll have profiles on Seguin and Hall.
Before that, here’s one last look back at the Stanley Cup final with some Bruins perspective mixed in:
1. Defensive overload. Peter Laviolette didn’t deploy his third pairing very often — the Bruins had their way with Ryan Parent and Lukas Krajicek — and piled the minutes on Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, and Braydon Coburn. Similar approach by Joel Quenneville, who leaned heavily on Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Brian Campbell. Don’t see the Bruins’ top-four D (projects to be Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Dennis Wideman, Andrew Ference in 2010-11) matching up to either group.
2. Big Buff changes the game. The most dominant force in Chicago’s 7-4 Game 5 rout was Dustin Byfuglien, freed from Pronger’s checking and finally alert to what he needed to do: play rough. It’s exactly what Milan Lucic has to do — bang bodies, create space, score garbage goals around the net. Byfuglien’s hands might be softer, but a healthy Lucic can be even more dominant physically. As for Byfuglien, despite his unique skill set, he might on the way out as Chicago deals with cap issues.
3. Leino breaks through. Ville Leino, longtime Tuukka Rask buddy, gave the Flyers some much-needed secondary offense. Goes to show that even smarties like Detroit GM Ken Holland can deal away valuable pieces for little in return.
4. Gatineau produces talent. So which ex-Olympique do you take first: Claude Giroux or David Krejci? Very tough call. Similar players — skilled and crafty with soft hands and excellent vision. Both play with a touch of grit. Coin toss.
5. St. Patrick. Yes, Patrick Kane scored the OT game-winner. Kane has all-world skill, but I’m taking the other Patrick for my team. Patrick Sharp (lot of Patrice Bergeron in his game) can do everything — even-strength, PP, PK. Can play either skilled or sandpaper game. Chicago would be foolish if Sharp becomes a cap casualty.