I’ll be doing a series of season previews for each of the Bruins players. I’ll start with center Patrice Bergeron.
Patrice Bergeron returned last season after suffering a career threatening concussion. Bergeron was just regaining his previous form, when he suffered another concussion versus the Carolina Hurricanes. It seemed as though Bergeron’s career could be over. He returned, and even dropped the gloves to show everyone he was back. He really showed his pre-injury form during the playoffs, and we saw the glimpses during the regular season, even though the numbers were not there.
Bergeron still put up respectable numbers, posting 8 goals and 31 assists in 64 games, which is similar to his rookie season when he posted 16 goals and 23 assists in 71 games. Last season was almost Bergeron’s second rookie season.
Bergeron carries a 4.75 million dollar cap hit, which means the Bruins are expecting around 70 points like he was producing three seasons ago. With the emergence of David Krejci, and the the depth of the forward core, it seems unlikely Bergeron could pot 70+ points in the Bruins lineup.
For this season, Bergeron will remain one of the top penalty killers, as he is arguably the Bruins best all zone player. Bergeron will likely get between 2nd and 3rd line minutes, and will start the season as the second line center while David Krejci recovers from his hip injury.
All the Bruins want from Bergeron this season is his defensive play that he has always had, and to regain his scoring touch. If he can pot 15-25 goals, and have between 40-60 assists, the Bruins and their fans will be happy.
Projection: 22 g, 44 a, 66 pts.