Most Boston Bruins fans tend to favor the gritty type. A player that can skate, has heart, and is by no means afraid to drop the gloves or lay the hammer down on another player, whether it be on the boards or in open ice. Trent Frederic is exactly that. Most fans might not be too familiar with him yet, but soon they will, and Frederic is bound to be a crowd favorite in Boston.
Grinding since the start
The Boston Bruins drafted Trent Frederic in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, just 15 picks after selecting defenseman Charlie McAvoy. But Frederic's professional career didn't quite start on that day. Frederic chose to play out a portion of his college commitment at the University of Wisconsin. In his first year as a Badger Frederic was voted to not only be a member of the all conference freshman team in the Big 10, but he was also voted freshman of the year, and all conference second team. This all came after a season that included being second in the team in points and fourth in the conference. After a phenomenal freshman season Frederic was awarded alternate captaincy. During that run he lead the team in points with 32, consisting of 17 goals and 15 assists in 36 games.
After two great seasons in college Trent Frederic decided to make the leap to the pros on March 13th, 2018.
With the Bruins are due to have a large number of rather important pieces be free agents at the end of this season, there is a good chance that Trent Frederic could be in the front office's plans to be a member of the Boston Bruins next season. Depth at the center position in the Bruins organization could result in a small overhaul in Boston. As of right now Trent Frederic is a perfect fourth line grinder, who also brings some scoring ability to the team as well as good ice vision. Every team needs grinders to keep the energy up and to keep the opposing team on its toes. There are plenty to go around in the league, but not many bring the puck skills that Trent Frederic brings. Some more time in the AHL and more some experience in the NHL will do wonders for him. Wonders that in my opinion make him more of a second to third line power forward.
Trent Frederic is the kind of guy that can be a key piece in the building of a roster. Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask won't be around foreve,r and too many people have problems seeing that. With Jack Studnicka being the next best thing, having a guy like Trent Frederic play with him from his time in the AHL and rise up the ranks of the NHL with him, I think that's a mighty fine way to set up the Boston Bruins for even more years of success come the changing of the guard.
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