Boston Bruins Mid-Season Report Card
Slightly more than mid-season, actually. 53 games in by the time this is finished. But the All-Star Game just happened…or whatever the All-Star nonsense was this year anyway. So…it is what it is…
Full disclosure, the Blowhard has not watched every minute of every game. Far from it. No way anyone can tolerate Jack Edwards that much, can they? But we feel like we can fire some grades out based on game action, reports, opinions and box scores, among other sources. We may just make up some bogus grades just to see if any of the three readers of this blog vehemently disagree (Keo?).
Grades are completely arbitrary in these cases anyway, so what difference does it make? Whatever…let’s get to it:
Jeremy Jacobs, Charlie Jacobs, any other Jacobs associated with ownership: D. For the better part of my lifetime, these jamokes really just care about putting a team on the ice that gets them a round or two of playoff gates and aren’t necessarily chasing championships. I’m not the only one who thinks this. And you know what? They’ve been pretty successful at it. This year is more of the same. It’s really as simple as that.
Cam Neely, Don Sweeney and I suppose the rest of the front office: D-. Maybe I should give Cam some more credit, since I believe he has wanted to fire Claude Julien for years but ownership won’t let him. Maybe I should give Sweens more time, since many of his draft picks seem to be highly regarded. But Cam has been around a while and the team has regressed. And Donnie Hockey’s major league moves have been below average, at best. So I’m not budging.
Claude Julien: D+. Sense a theme here? Yeah, leadership has been disappointing, to put it mildly. Everyone knows how I feel about Claude, so I won’t re-hash that here. He gets the “plus” though since his personnel isn’t awesome these days. And technically, they are in the playoffs as of today…though the games in hand they own currently will obviously not be “in hand” at the end. Let’s move on…
Brad Marchand: B+. All-Star. Point a game almost. So why a B and not an A? Cuz of those stupid things he still does. Like the trip on Niklas Kronwall last week. Infuriating.
David Pastrnak: B. 20 goals is nice. So is the team high plus/minus of 14. But he has tailed off in recent weeks.
David Krejci: C. Too much dough for not much production and a minus 11. Yikes!
Torey Krug: B-. Not his fault they overpaid him. But the minus 8? No thanks.
Patrice Bergeron: C. Something is not right. Has he been hurt since the World Cup of Hockey? Half a point a game and only a plus 3? Too good for that. At least he is still winning a good chunk of his faceoffs.
Ryan Spooner: C. Claude is never going to trust him. Spooner is never going to be a defensive whiz. But he’s been disappointing either way.
David Backes: B-. Seems to be what was about expected. Again, not his fault he was overpaid.
Dominic Moore/Tim Schaller/Riley Nash: B. Why not? I didn’t expect anything from these dudes.
Austin Czarnik: B-. Didn’t expect much from him either. One of the young guys that actually stuck…for a while anyway. Looks like with the recent stretch of healthy scratches he will end up in Providence soon.
Brandon Carlo: B. Probably the only young guy that will stick the whole year here. Seems to have tailed off lately, but nevertheless pretty impressive for a 20-year-old defenseman.
Zdeno Chara: C. Thanks for your many years of service Big Z. But…
Frank Vatrano: B-. Kid looks like he can score at the NHL level. We will see what happens with the rest of his game going forward though. Let’s hope Claude continues to play him also.
Matt Beleskey: F. Ok, maybe that is a bit harsh with time he has missed due to injury. But looks as if he has been less than impressive thus far.
Colin Miller/Kevan Miller: C. We’re the Millers was a pretty damn good movie. I don’t really have anything else to say here.
John-Michael Liles: C. If he keeps being the 7th defenseman, we can raise this up to an “A”.
Adam McQuaid: C+. Fights on occasion. Plus 2 is best on the D corps. C+? What the hell!
Jimmy Hayes/Anton Khudobin: G? Z? FF? F—–? Useless. The both of them.
Anton Blidh/Noel Acciari/Joe Morrow: Incomplete, kind of. These three have played almost 20 games apiece. But I haven’t seen them much. And it really doesn’t feel like they actually play. Maybe they should get a D or something since they have been around for a while. But I’m pretty fair. They can thank me later.
Danton Heinen/Rob O’Gara/Malcolm Subban/Zane McIntyre/Matt Grzelcyk/Sean Kuraly: True incompletes here.
Last but not least…Tuukka Rask: B+. Most know my feelings about “Tuuks” as well. Don’t love paying goalies 7 mil a year, especially when they very rarely steal games. That being said, Rask has played pretty well this season. Sure, the requisite amount of softies have gone past him over the course of the year. But he has gotten it done for the most part. And he has needed to, with the fact that his backups have one win all year. Guess I have to give him some credit…
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