Tuukka Rask. The name alone is enough to rouse up passionate and strong opinions among the die-hard black and gold faithful. There are countless articles dissecting Rask’s performances and the discussion on whether or not the Bruins will ever win the Cup with him is inevitably brought up, fueling the many hot takes fans and Boston sport media have.
However, it is safe to say Game Seven’s abysmal loss to the St. Louis Blues doesn't fall squarely on Rask’s shoulders (even fans would agree on that). With that being said, and despite whatever opinion you may have of number 40, you’d be hard- pressed to not think Rask as one of the league's best net-minders. Comparatively, how does the 32-year-old Tuukka Rask rank among his peers? Pretty high, according to the NHL Network.
Filling the empty summer days while fans await the return of their beloved sport, the NHL Network has presented their “Top Players” of every position in their summer series, leaving the goaltender last on their list. Rask was ranked fifth on the list, right behind Montreal’s Carey Price. Rask ended the regular season with a 27-13-5 record, posting a 2.48 goals against average while playing 46 regular season games. Here is the Top 10 list:
A huge part of Rask's success is in part thanks to the performance of back-up goaltender Jaroslav Halak, which allowed the veteran to stay more focused and fresh. With the Boston Bruins punching their way through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rask excelled between the pipes, posting a .934 save percentage with a 2.02 goals against average. Despite having better numbers than St. Louis Jordan Binnington, Rask (along with the rest of the team) had their worst performance in front of the home crowd in the final game of the Cup Finals.
In a fan-voted list, Rask ranked higher on the list at number four. Earlier in the series, the NHL Network also ranked two Boston Bruins players in their top Defensemen (Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug), along with Patrice Bergeron ranking high among the top 20 for centers. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak both ranked among the top 10 of the NHL's Networks Top 20 wings. So what does this mean exactly for the team? Well...they’re looking pretty stacked (especially once the McAvoy/Carlo signings have been finalized). Rask will have to continue to build off the 2019 season, especially if the Bruins are looking to once again earn a spot come playoff time.
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