The Boston Bruins have their regular season succesfully behind them. It was definitely a succesfull regular season, as the Bruins finished as second in the Eastern Conference and third overall in the whole NHL. All of that was achieved thanks to many key guys, who despite their injuries managed to have career seasons.
The Bruins have had a total of eight players on their career seasons. Many of them missed several games with injuries and would probably just add to that already terrific point-total. And the other guys, who were on the pace of career-best highs, couldn’t accomplish that because of injuries.
Here is the list of eight players with their career-high seasons:
- Brad Marchand – Marchand was able to get to 100 points, which last happened in Boston 13 years ago. The previous career-high for Marchand was 85 points in back-to-back fashion from two seasons prior to the current one. Marchand has played in 79 games this season.
- Patrice Bergeron – Even thought Bergeron has missed 16 games because of an injury from the first part of the season, he was able to establish his new career-high in points. His previous career-best was 73 points from 13 years ago. He ended the present season with 79 points. Bergeron tied his career-high in goals with 32 tallies and he wrapped up two assists short of his career-best in that regard.
- David Pastrnak – Pastrnak played a full 82-game season last year and collected 80 points for his career-high. During the present season, the Czech winger has recorded 81 points in just 66 games. Pastrnak has set his new career-high in points with 81 and with goals in 38.
- David Krejci – Krejci has not been injured during the present campaign, which is great news for both parts. The Czech center has collected 73 points, which tied his career-high from the 2008-2009 season. Krejci has also set his new career-best in assists with 53, exceeding his previous best by two helpers.
- Chris Wagner – Now let’s turn to the guys not playing on the top two lines. Chris Wagner was brought in to Boston last offseason on a two-year deal. It has paid its dividends so far. His previous career-high was six goals and 15 assists from the last season. He has gathered 12 goals and 19 points in 76 games played during the present campaign. Maybe a slow start for The Mayor of Walpole, but deservedly a Seventh Player Award winner.
- Sean Kuraly – He is scheduled to be day-to-day when the playoffs start, but despite the fact of missing 11 games in the regular season, Kuraly’s year has been marvelous. Having just one goal until before Christmas, Kuraly has recorded eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points. That’s his new career-high in all of those areas. The Bruins will certainly hope to have him in the playoffs at some point.
- Noel Acciari – Last season, Acciari has impressed with his 10 goals in the regular season. During the present campaign, he has had six goals but added eight assists for a total of 14 points. That´s his new career-high in both the assists and points. Even thought Acciari’s shooting percentage has lowered, he had just five assists in his career prior to this season. He has been able to get to eight helpers just in this season, meaning Acciari has improved his overall play by far.
- Matt Grzelcyk – Grzelcyk has improved mightily in his last two seasons as he signed a two-year deal last summer. In the past year, the 25-year-old defenseman has collected three goals and 15 assists for 18 points, exceeding his career-high from the previous campaign by three points. He has missed 16 games because of several injuries as well.
With 107 points, the Bruins are worse by five points compared to the last season, but in the overall NHL standings, they have improved from fourth to third overall. It wouldn’t happen without all of these players having