The Bruins just made their biggest move of the current offseason salary-wise. After making just 1.4 million each of the last two seasons Matt Grzelcyk just got a huge pay raise. While we all knew his play warranted a raise, I'm not sure anyone saw a number this high even after it was announced he was going to arbitration. Grzelcyk’s new deal is for the next four seasons and will pay him 14.75 million dollars. That's a cap hit of just under 3.69 million dollars each season.
A Brief History
Matt Grzelcyk was born on January 5th, 1994 in Charlestown MA. He was drafted back in the 2012 entry draft in the 3rd round number 85 overall. Grzelcyk spent four years at Boston University. In his time there Matt played in 125 games scoring 26 goals with 69 assists for 95 points. In 2013-14 Matt played in the U20 World Junior Championship and in just five games scored six points. His professional debut was during the 2016-17 season where he played 70 AHL games scoring 6 goals with 26 assists for 32 points. He even managed to get a call up for 2 NHL games.
Matt Grzelcyk’s first real NHL season came in 2017-18. During that season he played in 61 games scoring 3 goals with 12 assists for 15 points. Some impressive stats from that year include a plus 21 rating along with a 3.8 defensive point shares. The following season Grzelcyk saw his ice time jump to over 19 minutes a game from under 17 the year prior. In the 2018-19 season, Matt played in 66 games once again scoring 3 goals adding 15 assists for 18 points. The increased minutes meant tougher competition as his plus-minus fell to a plus 9 and his defensive point shares dropped to 3.5. Still impressive numbers for a second-year NHL defenseman.
That brings us to this season 2019-20. In 68 games Grzelcyk scored 21 points, 4 goals, and 17 assists with 7 points on the power-play. His plus-minus went up to a plus 15 and his defensive point shares increased to a 3.7. For reference in each of his three NHL seasons, Grzelcyk was top 5 in defensive point shares. Defensive point shares are a metric that measures the points a player added to the team's total in the standings. To put his 3.7 into perspective Krug finished this year with a 2.3 while Carlo finished with a 4.1 DPS.
First off wow what a raise especially in today's financial world. Jumping from 1.4 per year to 3.69 is a hefty price to pay to keep Matt Grzelcyk in Black and Gold. This also likely means a top 4 role in coming for Matt. With Krug gone, Grzelcyk appears like the logical choice to fill his spot. While McAvoy likely takes over the top power-play Grzelcyk will be bumped up to the second unit QB. The deal also keeps him in town until he is 30-years-old. Many have fans have wondered who Seattle would take in the expansion draft and Matt Grzelcyk has been a popular choice. While that is still a possibility unless the Bruins make another Blue line addition Grzelcyk looks like the third protected defenseman for now. Comment your thoughts on the deal and until next time stay safe out there and LET’S GO BRUINS!!
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