David Krejci has been the Bruins’ best offensive center for 4-5 years now, and it seems as if he is finally translating his brilliant playoff performances into regular season success. Last season was the second time in three seasons, the B’s center led the NHL is playoff scoring with 9 goals, 17 assists, and a +13 in 22 games. Unfortunately his efforts weren’t enough to win the Stanley Cup, but they are impressive.
Krejci’s regular seasons can be a bit of an enigma. One season he will lead the team in scoring, and the other will see him struggle for weeks on end to put up any production.
Fortunately for the Bruins; Krejci is more than just an offensive center, as he possesses an excellent two-way game as well. This is obviously the product of a Claude Julien system. Coach Julien instills it upon all his young upcoming players that it is imperative they develop their defensive game, if they want to remain with the team. Krejci is an example of a player who flourished under this guidance, a player like Phil Kessel is someone who didn’t like the system.
Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of the system Claude Julien has instilled as part of this Bruins’ franchise, you can’t deny that it is extremely successful.
I believe Krejci has flourished with this team, and he has undoubtedly become one of the Bruins’ best and most reliable players at both ends of the ice. He has also grown as a leader, which has resulted in his receiving of the “A” on his sweater, as an alternate captain. He also possesses an uncanny ability to create chemistry with just about any player placed on his line.
The addition of Jarome Iginla to his line with Milan Lucic, has also apparently sparked tremendous chemistry, as they have been the team’s best line throughout the first 13 games of the season.
Krejci has 93 goals, 229 assists, and a +66 in 437 games in the NHL, all of which with the Boston Bruins. He also has an even more impressive 29 goals, 44 assists, and a +31 in 81 playoff games with the Bruins. He has been a staple on the B’s first line throughout their entire resurgence into the NHL’s elite, and it could not have been done without him. Krejci has 2 goals, 11 assists, and a +8 in 13 games this season. He is on pace for a career year with 13 goals, 69 assists, and a +50.
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