Boston Bruins Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

Woodsey14 By Woodsey14, 17th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In my continuing series of NHL predictions for 2010/2011 we take a closer look at the Boston Bruins.

Boston Bruins Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

The 2009/2010 season was marred by one disappoint after another for the Bruins. After being picked by many to challenge for the conference title, the Bruins were hit hard by the injury bug and the absence of a bone fide sniper. With a healthy team and the addition of Nathan Horton, I would expect the Bruins to be near the top of the standings this year and be a bit of a dark horse favourite to challenge for the Stanley Cup.

Blue Chip Players

Forwards

Marc Savard- One of the elite playmakers in the league. Last season was a complete disaster for Savard as he battled through a knee injury only to have his career jeopardized by a vicious (and cowardly) Matt Cooke hit to the head. The fact that Savard was able to play in the playoffs bodes well for this year. I would expect him to return to form this season, and you may be able to get him at a bit of a discount.

Defensemen

Zedeno Chara- Hulking Defenseman with a tremendous point shot should once again be in the 45-50 point range on the season.

Goaltender

Tuukko Rask- The unquestioned starting goaltender on a team that is poised to challenge for a division title. Expect another stellar year from Rask, with him getting about 60 starts this year.

Second Tier

Forwards

Patrice Bergeron- Prior to his concussion issues Bergeron appeared to be on pace to become a point a game NHL player. Following this comeback he has evolved into a very productive second line center. He is overdue for a healthy season which should result in him reaching the 65-70 point level, with the potential for his totals to be a bit higher.

David Krejki- After a brilliant break out 2008/2009 season, Krejki had a disappointing 2009/2010 season in which he struggled to regain his form after summer hip surgery. To top off his season, Krejki suffered a broken wrist in the playoffs and has been rehabbing it all summer. If healthy, I would expect Krejki to return to his 0.89 ppg form. Due to this recent bout of the injury bug, he may slip a bit in some drafts.

Nathan Horton- I would expect a breakout year for Nathan Horton. It appeared that despite some good statistics, he was becoming stale in Florida and I would expect that a change of scenery will benefit him greatly. Horton is at his best when he plays on the wing, which given the Bruins wealth of centers, is where he will play for the year. Last year he had a ppg of .88 in Florida. I'm predicting that Horton improves upon this while on his way to having a career year.


Defensemen

None, as far as surefire points from the back end, Chara is about it.

Don't Over Rate

Forwards

Michael Ryder- Michael Ryder is the epitome of a streaky scorer. He tends to get his points in bunches followed by long periods of minimal production. When he does produce it is almost strictly goals as he is a poor playmaker. I would let one of your fellow poolies take on the risk of this player.

Marco Sturm- Fast skater, decent hockey sense and hands, but unfortunately is very streaky and is injury prone. Sturm isn't a player who will win you a pool, but he is one who could potentially lose one for you. There is too much risk associated with him. I would let someone else take a chance here.

Defensemen

None to mention at this time

Potential Sleepers and Late Round Steals

Forwards
Mark Recchi- Yes, he is getting older, and yes he did have one of his worst seasons statistically. The question with Recchi is whether believe that he has finally run out of steam, or that he really missed having a healthy regular center in the lineup night in and night out. My prediction, although somewhat risky is based on the fact that Recchi had 152 shots last season, which is more than he had his previous 3 seasons. I believe that he still has some offensive to give and with a healthy center, Recchi just might have one more season of between 50 and 60 points left in him.
Milan Lucic- Last season was a write off for Lucic. It seemed that he was going from one injury to the next. In particular he suffered a high ankle sprain which can take the better part of a year to fully heal. I predict that this will be a bounce back season for Lucic, with a potential for 55-60 points. He may be overlooked by a lot of your fellow poolies

Blake Wheeler- Wheeler is a big bodied winger with a scoring touch. The Bruins have a wealth of quality set up men and need someone to step up as a finisher. Wheeler could be that player. Wheeler averaged 0.51 ppg over the last 2 seasons, however, with this year marking his 3rd full year campaign, the former 5th overall pick in 2004 may be ready for a breakout year. Consider him for 45 points with considerable upside.

Defensemen

Denis Seidenberg- Will benefit from the absence of Wideman. Expect Seidenberg's offensive numbers to increase with a 40 point season being a definite possibility.

Sleepers

Jordan Eberle- Given the draft day hype, I'm not sure that this year's #2 overall pick is really a sleeper. Like most elite rookies, expect a season of ups and downs, however, by April he may be in contention to win the Calder trophy.

Matt Hunwick- Was quarterbacking the Bruins powerplay in the playoffs. With Denis Wideman gone, Hunwick stands to gain a lot more offensive opportunity. 40 point potential this season would not be out of the question.

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