The Boston Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL. At least, they have been for a very long time. In 2022-23, they had the greatest regular season in the history of the NHL. It was tremendous to watch them all year long.
There are some major changes to this group coming into this year which is making things difficult. It all begins with the fact that Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci both retired. Obviously, their now former captain Bergeron is a significantly bigger loss but they are now down their top two centers.
Both of them were on team-friendly deals too as they were older players so they didn’t get much cap relief from their departure. In most cases, the top two centers leaving would free up so much cap space. This isn’t the case here.
If the Bruins want to be a great team again, their great defense, goaltending, and power play need to lead the way. If all three of those components can be great, their forward depth issue could be masked for a while.
The Boston Bruins will have a whole new look in the 2023-24 season.
There are a few veteran players that the Bruins could realistically trade for as the season goes along. That could take a long time to figure out who though. In the meantime, Charlie Coyle and Pavel Zacha are the 1-2 punch down the middle. Support from awesome wingers like David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand amongst others will be needed.
There are a few rookies that might be able to step in and help as well. These are the three rookies who are wrapping up camp right now and hoping to make the team: