Boston Bruins report card: No. 37 Patrice Bergeron
Throughout the offseason, Bruins Daily will be posting daily report cards on each individual members of the 2011-12 NHL season Boston Bruins.
In order of jersey number, each player will be highlighted. In today’s edition, we have No. 37 Patrice Bergeron.
Name: Patrice Bergeron
Weight: 194 lbs.
Contract: UFA in 2014-15
Cap hit: $5M per season
2011-12 NHL Season stats:
Regular season: 81 GP, 22-42-64, plus-36, 20 PIM, 191 SOG
Playoffs: 7 GP, 0-2-2, even, 8 PIM, 18 SOG
What else can you say of Patrice Bergeron? The 26-year-old forward had another brilliant season for the black and gold tallying 22 goals and 42 assists (64 points), but more impressively led the entire National Hockey League in plus/minus with a plus 36. Bergy is one of the best two way forwards in all of the league and this year he was finally recognized for it. He is one of the finalists for the Selke Trophy. Bergeron has rock solid for the Bruins the past two years playing in 80 and 81 games respectively. It was only a few years ago that Bergeron only appeared in 10 games due to a very bad concussion. Bergeron is one of the most important pieces to the Boston Bruins and when he is on the ice he plays the game right offensively and defensively. Bergy is one of the most consistent players in the league and he is only 26 years of age. This man has elite years ahead of him and Bruins fans are lucky to have this man sporting a Bruins sweater.
Final Grade: A
Just a few short years ago, Patrice Bergeron’s season was ended due to a severe concussion in the hands of Flyers defenseman Randy Jones during the 2007-08 season. While he returned the next year, it took a while for Bruins fans to see the Bergy of old — where he tallied 70 point seasons in the first two seasons of the post-lockout era. But not only has the former second round pick scored 22 goals in each of his last two seasons, but he also has developed into one of the best defensive forwards in the league (his league leading plus-36 is a strong indication of his two-way play), and as a result, is a finalist for the Selke Trophy. It’s no secret that Bergeron’s presence has paid dividends for the Black and Gold the past few seasons, and Bergy has also provided a great deal of leadership both on and off the ice.
It’s really hard not to love a guy like Bergeron. No. 37 plays the game how it should be played and is a guy who can be looked upon as a role model on and off the ice. Bergeron has finally been nominated for the Selke award (given annually to the best defensive forward) which I fully expect Bergeron to win. To go along with Bergeron’s knack for scoring and excellent defensive skill, is his versatility. Bergeron can play both sides of special teams, and is one of the league’s best guys in the faceoff circle.
Anthony’s Grade: A-
The three above me basically said everything there is to be said about Bergeron.
Mark’s Grade: A
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