Boston Bruins report card: No. 16 Marco Sturm
Name: Marco Sturm
Position: Left Wing
Status: $3,500,000 cap-hit through 2010-11 season
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.
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