Ramblings: Krejci Conundrum

steve laidlaw

2017-12-19

 

David Krejci was a late scratch for the Bruins with an upper-body injury. He is not expected to be available for tonight’s game either. He has now missed 13 games already. When healthy, he has produced at a 60-point rate, fantastic considering he isn’t getting top unit power play time, but these injuries are making him woefully unreliable.

Even without Krejci the Bruins laid the smackdown on the Blue Jackets putting up seven goals. Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk put up three points apiece. Heinen is of particular interest thanks to some recent usage on the top power play unit, but it appears that that has dried up with Ryan Spooner back.

All the same, Heinen has 21 points in 27 games, a 61-point pace. He has been particularly hot of late with nine points in his last seven games, including five power-play points. I’m not over the moon for this option, but there’s some short-term value if you are in a pinch.

Spooner, by the way, moved into Krejci’s spot as second line center. He has scored three points in two games since returning from injury. With exposure to Brad Marchand and the rest of the Bruins’ big guns on that top PP unit, he certainly has value. However, he has only 11 SOG in 12 games. I’m never going to fall head over heels for a guy with such limited shot volume.

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Sergei Bobrovsky has had a rough go of it in the month of December having allowed 29 goals in eight starts. He does have a shutout mixed in there, but six of his eight starts have seen him allow three goals or more. I don’t think this is reason for alarm, however if there was ever a time to make a pitch to the Bobrovsky owner it is surely now. You’d still pay through the nose to get him, but I don’t think you’d be automatically rebuffed if you made a great offer.

Alexander Wennberg has run his scoring streak to three games. That ain’t much, but it’s a darn good sign. I would prefer if they pushed all-in on the Pierre-Luc Dubois experience, but we may be a year or two away from a genuine breakout.

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Ryan Miller has not been lit up much this season, but the Devils sure did the trick last night. You may have figured that with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri returning from injury that it was those big horses who got the job done, but instead it was Stefan Noesen, Miles Wood and Brian Boyle who led the way.

You have to give Boyle some credit as he has put up six points in the last two games, and 12 points in the past 13. He is seeing consistent minutes as the net-front man on the Devils’ top PP unit, and has banged in goals on 22% of his shots. I’m not prepared to use Boyle in most formats, but in a deep enough league there is serious value here.