Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Boston Bruins

Alexander MacLean

2022-08-09

For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber and the team have reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. 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 we take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.

Enjoy!

Gone Erik Haula, Josh Brown, Curtis Lazar, Bruce Cassidy (Former Head Coach)

Incoming David Krejci, Connor Carrick, Pavel Zacha, A.J. Greer, Jim Montgomery (Head Coach)

Impact of changes – Only time will tell whether the most impactful change to the team is the coaching change, or the fact that the core is another year older, and with that is the injuries just piling up.

Bruce Cassidy coached the team to five straight seasons in the top-five for least goals allowed in the league. With Montgomery replacing him, the team may loosen up defensively, which will not be good for the bottom line, but could work well for the overall scoring production, especially the depth that has struggled to support the Bruins' top line over the last number of years.

However, with Brad Marchand out to start the season, recovering from offseason surgery, and Krejci a year removed from NHL action, the top-six has some questions. A new first line of Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak centred by Bergeron would be a formidable top line again, but it’s likely those two wingers are separated from Bergeron. With all the injuries, the Bruins will have a shallow lineup that will likely have their depth exposed, compounding on a lesser defensive scheme, leading to a poor overall performance.

Ready for Full Time –

A.J. Greer – The 25-year-old has bounced around to a few NHL teams already, but never able to make the permanent jump to the NHL. He plays a heavy and gritty game, a