Coming into the 2019-2020 season, the Boston Bruins have the most depth on the blue line that they've had in quite some time. With six spots to fill on the roster, who makes the cut? Time is ticking for guys to prove that they're worthy of a spot in the NHL. Here I give my prediction for the forwards that I think make the cut.
Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy have been the two most popular names in Boston as far as defenseman go for the past few months. They were the most popular because they're two young studs who hold down the blue line. Carlo and McAvoy are surely going to make the roster. Some how we've mentioned two great defenseman and haven't even mentioned the Bruins captain, Zdeno Chara. Chara will be coming into his thirteenth season as the Bruins team captain and is sure to be part of the Bruins first line defense. Torey Krug is a staple of the Bruins offensive game. That's right - a defender is a huge part of a teams offensive success. Welcome to the NHL in 2019. Krug leads the Bruins power play as well as helps bring an offensive edge to the Bruins whenever he's on the ice. His roster spot is far from in question.
Matt Grzelcyk is another guy who's proven that he can skate and defend at the NHL level. He's more of an 'under the radar' type guy, but he's definitely gonna be a Bruin come opening night.
Injuries will provide opportunities
Coming into the season it sounds like veterans Kevan Miller and John Moore won't be healthy enough to play. That provides a spot on each side of the ice that should be fair game. Young prospect like Jakob Lauzon or seasoned vet like Alexander Petrovic, the spots are up for grabs.
The names mentioned that are "Givens" give us five defenders. That leaves one more name to dress and potential for reserves. Three names mentioned are left side defenders, so it makes sense to say that the sixth name should be a right side defender. Connor Clifton and Steven Kampfer are the two names that come to mind. Personally, I think Clifton is the one to make the opening night roster over Kampfer. Clifton is another Krug type guy who can really help the Bruins mix things up and keep their offensive edge.
I do think Kampfer makes the roster as a reserve come opening night. I think the Bruins carry eight defenders on opening night. Jeremy Lauzon being the eighth D man and the third and final reserve.
This one is gonna be pretty easy: Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are gonna be the Boston Bruins goalies on opening night. Rask will get the start, and will hopefully be able to stay hot coming off of his performance in the playoffs last season.
The Boston Bruins goalie situation wont be very hard to figure out. However, the goalie battle in Providence will be a fun one to watch. Kyle Keyser and Daniel Vladar are two young goalies that will look to battle it out in Providence in case of an injury or a slump for one of the goalies in the NHL.
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