If the Bruins are in fact going to shut down Savard for the remainder of the season, how should they fill that spot? There are many different scenarios that the Bruins will look at before the trade deadline.
1. Call up Zach Hamill. Hamill is a former first round pick and has 28 points in 44 games this season for Providence. Hamill is looked at as a play making center but his defensive game is lacking, meaning he may not be best suited for Claude Julien’s system, which could result in him getting less minutes than Tyler Seguin. Ideally, Hamill would slot in as the third line center with Seguin and Wheeler being moved back to the wing.
2. Leave the roster as is and keep Blake Wheeler or Tyler Seguin at center. Both have played center this season, but neither look comfortable there. Seguin continues to look scared every time he has the puck, therefore he is probably best suited to skate the wing for now. If the lineup stays as is, Daniel Paille would continue to play on the fourth line.
3. Promote Campbell, call up a grinder. If Claude Julien were GM this is the scenario that would take place. Campbell has been great thus far, playing with speed and energy the entire season. However, moving Campbell up the depth chart would leave the Bruins vulnerable on two lines.
4. Make a trade for a center or a winger. While the trade market will probably be slim, especially with almost every team in the Western Conference still in the mix, the Bruins have the ability to move prospects and picks to acquire a 2nd line center. Another scenario for a potential trade is to acquire a winger and have Seguin or Wheeler play center. This scenario could be made likely if either of the two play effective in the middle. The Bruins could start looking at teams such as Ottawa, New Jersey, NY Islanders, and Edmonton as potential trading partners.