B’s Beat: What Andrej Meszaros And Corey Potter Bring To Boston
Hopefully by now all the crybabies are done whining over who the Bruins acquired on trade deadline day. In all seriousness, did you honestly expect the Bruins to land Thomas Vanek or Marian Gaborik? Could the B’s have done more to land a defenseman? Yes, but does anyone really consider Andrew MacDonald to be the guy? I don’t, in fact he wouldn’t be more than a bottom pairing guy on a good team.
I digress, after all we are here to talk about the latest additions to the B’s in defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter.
I’ll talk about the littlest fish first. Corey Potter is a solid depth pick-up off of waivers from the Edmonton Oilers. He is more of a back-up plan should one of the team’s starters get injured in the upcoming grind that is the March schedule. I would be surprised to see him play in a ton of games (if any) for the B’s, but it is nice to have a guy with some experience on a team with so many young defenseman.
Potter hasn’t played in a ton of NHL games, but he is the type of guy that can step right into the lineup on any given night if need be. In 15 games with the Oilers this season Potter had 5 assists in 16 games. The 30 year old Lansing, Michigan native has played in 120 NHL games, and has registered 8 goals, 24 assists, and a -9.
The other little fish the B’s acquired is Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins sent a conditional 3rd round pick to the Broad Street Bullies that becomes a 2nd round pick should they reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
Meszaros is not the popular pick among the many fans (or pink hats) in New England, but he is the type of guy who could play in the top four and provide some offense from the back-end. He also comes to the B’s at a discount rate. The newest Bruin has had a tough last two seasons in Philly. He suffered a massive injury last season which only allowed him to play 11 games. This season has seen him fall out of favor as the Flyers transition between coaches and identity.
Here is a reality; Meszaros is being underrated by every single media personality in Boston. Yes, his last two seasons have been lousy, but look at the two seasons before that. In 2011/12 he had 7 goals, 18 assists, and a +6 in 62 games. In 2010/11 he had 8 goals, 24 assists, and a +30 in 81 games. He has eclipsed 30+ points in the regular season 4 times, and a +30 twice in his career.
I think Andrej Meszaros can be pretty un-spectacular at times, and for long stretches. However, under the right circumstances, I believe he can be a legit top 4 defenseman with some great all around ability. I believe playing for a winner, under the tutelage of some outstanding coaching, with a supportive and strong system, will lead to success for him in Boston. This is the type of opportunity that can totally revitalize a player.
I may be in the minority, but I believe he has the potential to be the steal of trade deadline day, and no you cannot have what I am smoking. Only time will tell how this trade will shake out. For the time being; why don’t you just give him a chance to prove himself? I know it will be difficult, but let’s try and be reasonable for a change eh?
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