The first month or so has not been to kind to the Boston Bruins. Beside the struggles in winnable games, the injury bug has plagued the B’s big time. First to go down was Kevan Miller. Miller who has been a staple in the Bruins lineup over the last year, went down on October 18th against Buffalo with an “upper body injury”
The next blow was too big, number 33, the captain Zdeno Chara. Chara who has been a Bruin since 2006, went down with a knee injury in a game against the Islanders on October 23rd. Chara is a key component to all facets of play.
A third defenseman went down with a broken finger, that player being the electrifying Torey Krug. Krug, who has been outstanding since joining the club in the 2013 Playoffs, will definitely be missed. Krug’s injury occurred in the game against the Minnesota Wild on October 28th.
It’s too bad the injuries didn’t stop there. David Krecji was the next played crossed off the lineup card last Saturday against the Ottowa Senators. But Coach Claude Julien has said the Krecji is “day to day”. The details of this injury also have not been disclosed.
Usually when this happens, Bruins fans are sent into a tizzy and are looking for the front office to make the big moves needed. But what was looked at as a problem at one point may now be the solution. That solution is in the prospects and young players from the minor leagues.
The four in particular are Joe Morrow, David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman and Matt Fraser. Since coming up to the big club these guys have all played with the utmost poise and confidence. And don’t forget about Seth Griffith, who has stepped in on the second line with Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly to really make a name for himself.
Fraser and Griffith are a breath of fresh air for an offensive attack that some points of this early season looked stale. Look for both guys, if given the chance, to really harness their skill set and continue to shine in the roles they are in. Fraser has the confidence of a pure goal score, and Comcast Sports New England’s Joe Haggerty even predicted that Fraser could score 25 goals this season.
Now on the back end, for the guys named Morrow, Warsofsky and Trotman, look at this almost as a tryout. These three guys have shown that they can play with the “big boys”. But when Chara and Krug come back 2 out of the 3 will most likely be headed back to Providence. But don’t leave out the chance for one of them to beat out Kevan Miller and the recently healthy scratched Matt Bartowski.
The youth in the Bruins lineup has been good for two reasons. One being that we get to see hopefully the future of the organization battling with some of today’s best. The other being that maybe one of these players catches an eye of a team looking for a trade. A blockbuster deal could be in the works if these guys perform.
For now though, they are dawning the spoked B on the black sweaters with gold and white. Look for these guys when watching the next couple games. Be sure that we may seem them in Boston more often if everything falls into place. By keeping them in Boston, some star players can get the rest they deserve before the haul to the Stanley Cup reaches its most intense points.