November 1, 2013

steve laidlaw


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The Boston Bruins have called up prospect Ryan Spooner. He drew into the lineup for Jordan Caron last night and notched his first assist. He didn't get much for ice-time or line-mates skating on the third line but you've got to like him making an impact right away.


It kind of feels like Spooner's been a prospect forever but he is actually still just 21. He was a point-per-game scorer in the AHL last season and has really good upside whenever he sticks in the NHL.


Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL goal but you know his upside is limited as long as he keeps skating on the third line.


Just my luck. I chirp Zdeno Chara in yesterday's ramblings for not shooting enough and he goes out and fires six shots, scoring his second goal of the season.


Tory Krug notched an assist on that Chara goal and now has seven points in 12 games. He isn't seeing an incredible amount of ice time – just 18 minutes per game – but he is getting paired with Chara on the power play, which means good things. Barring injury he'll get you at least 30 points this season.


Dougie Hamilton skated over 25 minutes last night and sits third on the team in overall ice time per game but he's still a second unit power play guy so that limits him.


Both Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic had their scoring streaks snapped but their centerman David Krejci got back on the board after having his streak snapped on Wednesday. He has five power play points on the season, two short of his total in 47 games last year and already a quarter of the way to his career high 19 PPP set in his career best 73-point season.


Is Krejci headed towards another 70-point year? Well during his career year the Bruins had one of the league's best power plays clicking on 23.6% of chances. They are sitting at 16.7% so far this year, which is pretty much where they've been every season since 2008-09 so it feels like Krejci is playing with house money a bit here.


Krejci has overachieved a bit this season. His five-on-five sitting on-ice shooting percentage is 12.33% likely driven by Lucic's current 26.2% shooting so far. Both Krejci and Iginla are shooting below their career averages so maybe this all balances out.


I don't know what to think. It's still too early to know for sure. I wish the Bruins had a better power play. I wish they committed to using their top power play unit more often. Where do you stand on Krejci?