Between his leg injury and general inconsistent play from an offensive standpoint, last season was a difficult one for Chris Kelly. Through 29 games Kelly was cruising along with three goals and four assists, but a broken right fibula put Kelly’s season to a stop.
The Bruins have really missed Kelly in their own end, and very much so on the penalty kill, an area where Kelly still is tied for first in average shorthanded time on ice per game. Before his injury Kelly was starting to build great chemistry with linemates Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg. A big reason for Smith’s unexpected successes has been because of Kelly.
You won’t find Kelly scoring 20 goals like he did for the Bruins in the 2011-12 season, but his penalty killing skill, and third line presence is something the Bruins are missing badly at the moment.