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    Boston Bruins report card: No. 16 Marco Sturm

    Joe Makarski May 18, 2010

    Name: Marco Sturm
    Position: Left Wing
    Age: 31
    Height: 6’0″
    Weight: 194
    Shoots: Left
    Status: $3,500,000 cap-hit through 2010-11 season

    Line combination/linemates:

    Playoffs, EV: 65.74% w/David Krejci (C) and Miroslav Satan (RW)
    Playoffs, PP: 50.00% w/Micaell Ryder and Miroslav Satan
    Regular Season, EV: 34.86% w/Patrice Bergeron (C) and Mark Recchi (RW)
    Regular season, PP: 38.97% w/Marc Savard (C) and MIchael Ryder (RW)

    The Good: The last player remaining in Boston from the blockbuster Joe Thornton trade, Sturm has been on the brink of becoming that 30-goal scorer since coming to Boston in Nov. 2005. Sturm was the best of the worst this year — topping the Bruins’ leaderboard with 22 regular season goals, second in shots on goal (203) and second in plus-minus with a plus-14.

    The Bad: A player who was supposed to be the guy to light the lamp with more regularity this season without Phil Kessel, Sturm had just 22 goals, and a mere four power play goals. Twenty-two goals this year was his lowest season total since the 2003-04 season in San Jose when he had 21 in 64 games played.

    Tack-on just  zero points and 11 shots on goal  in seven playoff games this season, Sturm was among the many of streaky players to underachieve, again, this season.

    Final Grade:

    Sturm is in the final year of his injury-ridden contract. Last season, the German’s NHL campaign ended after 19 games when he was sidelined with a season-ending ACL injury. Well, lightning struck twice when Sturm sustained a torn ACL and a torn MCL in his right knee during the first period of Game 1 against the Flyers on May 1.

    The 31-year-old just underwent successful surgery to repair the torn ligaments earlier today by Dr. Peter Asnis at Mass General Hospital. His expected recovery time is an estimated six months post-surgery.

    Starting the 2010-11 season on the LTIR, we could very well have seen the last of No. 16 in Black-and-Gold.

    Tomorrow’s report card: No. 17 Milan Lucic

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