The Boston Bruins are off to a hot start to start the 2019-2020 season. Third in the league in points in fact. Perhaps the biggest obstacle that they have faced so far this season is that damn injury bug.
Whats the scoop?
Coming into the season the Bruins had three players injured from the season before, or from the offseason. John Moore, Keven Miller, and David Backes. David Backes has played a little bit, but Miller and Moore are both yet to see the ice this season. On top of those three guys, Torey Krug, and Jake DeBrusk are both currently on IR. Zach Senyshyn seems to be on his way to IR as well. Karson Kuhlman will miss about another month with a tibia injury. In addition to long term injuries, Patrice Bergeron and Bret Ritchie both missed Saturday nights game with day to day injuries.
Rolling with the punches
As stated in the opening paragraph, the Bruins are still third in the league in points. A big reason for the is due to the fact that five of their losses have come in overtime. It may be a loss, but each overtime loss gets them an extra point. One thing that we've learned with having success despite a flurry of injuries is the depth that the Bruins have throughout the organization is holding up to be legitimate. Call ups such as Zach Senyshyn, Peter Cehlarik, and Anders Bjork have all held their own at the NHL level. You'd love to see the roster healthy as we're winning, but with it being as banged up as it is, we'll take what we can get.
Is there a silver lining?
One positive thing about this injury plague is that the Bruins are essentially forced to give some guys a shot at the NHL that might not have gotten it otherwise. Zach Senyshyn is a perfect example of that. He was buried on the depth chart to start the season. But with so many injuries to Bruins wingers, Senyshyn has gotten an opportunity to show what he can bring to the Bruins. Anders Bjork is another guy who started the year in Providence but was called up due to injuries. Bjork has all but solidified his spot on the roster with his ability to make plays with the puck. This helps that secondary scoring issue that the Bruins have had for what seems like the last decade.
What happens now?
With so many players being out for a decent period of time, the Bruins are certainly gonna look for guy or two to step up. The depth for the Bruins, and essentially showcasing certain players, might set up an aggressive trade deadline for the Bruins. Or, it might give the Bruins front office more confidence in the depth of the team and the prospects in the organization, perhaps changing how they conduct contract talks in the offseason.
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