Ramblings: What About Buch?

steve laidlaw

2017-11-09

Brad Marchand did not travel with the Bruins on their two-game road trip. At the earliest he’ll be back on Saturday for the back half of their home-and-home against the Leafs.

In the mean time, you’ve got Anders Bjork in Marchand’s spot on the top line, but you also have Jake DeBrusk skating Marchand’s PP minutes. I typically lean towards PP opportunity but you’re looking at a short-term pickup here if you make one at all. There are still way snazzier options available on waiver wires, like how about Pavel Buchnevich?

After another multi-point effort (his fourth in the past seven games), the sophomore is up to 14 points in 17 games. Somehow, Buchnevich remains unowned in most leagues. His ownership sits at 33% on Yahoo, 63% on Fantrax and 30% on ESPN. I don’t know what to do other than to spell this out:

S T U D

The kid is a stud. We are looking at the convergence of talent and opportunity. Jump on him now or be left wanting.

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For a team with 16 regular skaters carried over from last season, the Rangers roster is wildly in flux. Check out the differences in ice time for those 16 skaters from last year to this:

     

2016-17

2017-18

Difference

Player

Pos

GP

PPTOI

TOI

PPTOI

TOI

PPTOI

TOI

KAMPFER, STEVEN

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