The 18th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer…er, winter. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
Impact of changes – For the second consecutive offseason the Bruins did very little adding. But this time there was quite a bit of subtraction in losing both Chara and Krug to free agency. Smith provides good scoring depth in the top nine and that allows the Bruins to roll out three very good lines that at any given time could pop one into the net. But without replacing those two defensemen, Boston will have to promote from within. Suddenly, Matt Grzelcyk gets top-unit power-play time and becomes an immediate dark horse. He is a left-handed shot, which replaces Krug in that slot with a four-forward power play. Charlie McAvoy becomes the team's No.1 defenseman, ready or not. He is probably ready. But logging tons of even-strength and PK time, he probably won't see as much PP time as Grzelcyk, who isn't as good in those other areas. Towards the end of the season, I expect that won't matter as it becomes obvious that McAvoy is the better producer