The Bruins have shown they can win without the puck.
They’ve done it without the goalie.
They can keep the puck moving without sacrificing the offense.
And they can do it while also having the talent to score.
But if the Bruins are going to be successful, they’re going to have to find a way to find the right answers to the questions that have been posed to them all season long.
So we decided to look into the Bruins’ depth chart and find out what the team’s best options are at the top of their depth chart.
Milan Lucic, G, Florida Panthers, 6-4, 190 cm (182.3 kg) After a season that saw him win the Vezina Trophy, Lucic is ready to make his NHL debut in Boston.
“I’m ready to come in here and show the world what I can do,” Lucic told the Boston Globe in October.
“It’s not going to make any difference to me who’s the starter or who’s going to come up for me, but it’s going and showing people what I’m capable of.”
The Panthers need to replace center Tyler Seguin, who was a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury.
They also will need to find someone to take on the leadership role on the power play, and it’s the team that is in need of a new face.
They could look to acquire another defenseman who can step in at center, but if they do, the Bruins should be able to address that need quickly.
If Lucic plays well in his debut, the Panthers might be able use him as a placeholder at the point, where he can develop into a legitimate shutdown defenseman, or at even strength, where his offensive upside could help them take the next step in the race for a playoff spot.
The Panthers’ depth is very limited, and Lucic would be an ideal fit at any of those positions.
Nikita Zadorov, RW, Nashville Predators, 6, 211 cm (188.5 kg) There’s a reason why Zadorotov is on the Panthers’ short list of best players.
He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round in 2015 and immediately became one of the most exciting prospects in hockey.
In just his second year of pro hockey, Zadorova was a huge reason why the Predators won the Calder Cup last season.
The Russian winger’s offensive game was so impressive that his teammates and coaches all over the NHL began to wonder if he could play in the NHL.
It didn’t take long for them to realize he could.
Zadorovic played at least 80 games in each of the Predators’ last three seasons, finishing with 56 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 70 games.
The 27-year-old has had a very successful NHL career so far.
The reason he has such a high draft pick rating is that he’s only 21 years old and has played in the league for four seasons, and is the highest-scoring Russian in his age group.
It’s hard to believe Zadorovi is still a young player, but his skating, size and skill make him an easy pick to develop into one of hockey’s elite forwards.
Seth Jones, RW/D, Florida Storm, 6’1, 195 cm (187.5kg) After the success of Jones last season, the Storm decided that the next best thing was to keep him.
Jones, who has a great deal of skill, is a natural sniper and could provide the Panthers with a good power-play option at the next level.
If he can play at even-strength, Jones could be a good fit at the forward position.
Matt Murray, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets, 6′, 1-5, 200 cm (180kg) Murray has had his ups and downs in the pros, but he’s finally coming to terms with the fact that he is finally an NHLer.
He’s one of those players who can make an immediate impact and is still developing in his game.
If the Blue Jackets can get the best out of Murray at even skill, they could have the kind of top-six winger that they need.
Alex Petrovic, LW/RW, Washington Capitals, 6′-2, 198 cm (184.5cm) There are a lot of teams that could use a left winger, and Petrovics size and strength make him a natural fit in their lineup.
The 24-year old Russian winger has a very solid two-way game and is a great skater.
He has a knack for getting pucks to the net and scoring.
The Capitals need to add another left wing who can play a similar role as Murray, and they could do that by adding another forward.
Alexander Steen, RW (re-signed with Washington), 6’0″, 198 cm, (183cm) Steen is a left-handed winger who has been around the league since he was drafted