Patrice Bergeron – A : Bergeron has been the Bruins most consistent forward in all three zones this season. He is dominate in the faceoff circle and leads the team in points. It unfortunate Bergeron went down with an injury.
Mark Recchi – B: Recchi finishes second to Bergeron as being the most consistent forward. The 42-year-old is out there giving it his all every single shift. He’s come up with big goals all season long, notably the game tying in the Winter Classic.
Marco Sturm – B: Despite starting slow, Sturm has picked up his production as of late. He’s on pace for nearly 30 goals but it will be interesting to see if he brings it every night especially with Savard down.
Marc Savard- B-: Savard’s point per game production is down slightly this season. Savard will always be pretty consistent even when he’s playing with grinders like Steve Begin and Byron Bitz.
David Krejci- B-: Krejci probably returned sooner than he should have from hip surgery and his numbers reflect that. He has gotten better each game and those low numbers could also be a reflection of the ineffectiveness and inconsistency of his linemates. Krejci has been solid for the majority of the season and every shift he’s making plays out there. He’s a master of possession and hopefully if Wheeler gets going the points start to pile up for his line.
Blake Wheeler – C+: Wheeler has the abilities to be a 25 goal scorer in this league but it’s his consistency that’s lacking. The sophomore slump has affected Wheeler this season but his recent play can be encouraging, lets hope he can build on it.
Daille Paille – C+: Paille was brought in to help the penalty kill and that’s exactly what he has done. He has surprisingly good speed and offensive instincts. It’s unfortunate his hands are worse than P.J. Axelsson’s because he could be leading this team in goals right now.
Vladimir Sobotka- C: Sobotka was elevated to the second line once Marc Savard went down with an injury. However, Sobotka was nearly invisible when put in an offensive role. I love his as the fourth line center but anything more is probably asking too much from him. When the team is fully healthy he deserves that spot over Steve Begin.
Shawn Thornton – C: Thornton does his job when need be, but he disappeared from the fight log for over 10 consecutive games this season. Can someone tell me why Thornton and his one goal still logs over 10 minutes a night?
Steve Begin – C-: Begin is a solid penalty kill guy but brings nothing else to this team. Did not deserve to skate on the first line but got top minutes for at least 5 games. The grinder, energy forward was brought here to agitate the opponent but thats something we haven’t seen since the first 10 games in the season. My least favorite Bruin.
Byron Bitz – C-: Bitz was clearly miscast on the top line but he is effective along the boards with a fourth line. Although he is battling an injury now, he should remain on the bench especially with the addition of Satan and Whitfield being used as a fourth line center.
Michael Ryder- D: Does Michael Ryder think it is 2007-2008 all over again? This guy hasn’t done anything all season long. 10 goals and only 17 points is inexcusable for a $4 million top six player.
Whitfield, Lucic, and Satan are incomplete.