Boston Bruins report card: No. 46 David Krejci
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. 46, forward David Krejci.
Name: David Krejci
Weight: 177 lbs.
Contract: UFA in 2015-16
Cap hit: $5.25M per season
2011-12 NHL season stats:
Regular season: 79 GP, 23-39-62, minus-5, 36 PIM, 145 SOG
Post season: 7 GP, 1-2-3, even, 4 PIM, 11 SOG
This season was a tale of two different David Krejci’s. The regular season version of No. 46 was pretty darn good. A bit inconsistent at times, Krejci still managed to light the lamp 23 times, a career high in goals. His assist numbers dipped a bit from previous years, but Krejci was still good.
Then there was the postseason Krejci. A year after leading the entire NHL in postseason points, Krejci was a ghost in the seven playoff games the Bruins skated in. The complete no-show by Krejci was one of the reasons the Bruins were bounced in seven games.
Rumors are out there of a Rick Nash to Boston deal, and Krejci could be a guy that stars a deal that brings Nash to Boston. If Krejci is sent elsewhere in order to bring in Nash, or even better sign a guy like Zach Parise, I am all for it.
Anthony’s Grade: B-
Like his linemate Milan Lucic, David Krejci was pretty much invisible for the Black and Gold when it mattered most. While he did compile a nice point streak in the middle of the season, Krejci was pretty much nonexistent for other parts of the 2011-12 campaign and the results showed — despite tying last years total of 62 points (23 goals, 39 assists) — as seen with his plus/minus rating of -5. Against the Caps, Krejci was a non-factor on the ice as he could only muster three points, a year after leading the league in scoring during last year’s Cup run in 25 postseason contests.
If you want to talk about one of the most inconsistent players on the Boston Bruins…look no further than David Krejci. Krejci may have been third on the team in points with 62 (23 G 39 A) but he was just too streaky for the Bruins this season. He would be in the middle of the offense during a winning streak and then nowhere to be found for the next 15 games. A disturbing statistic is that Krejci was a minus five when on the ice for the black and gold compared to a plus 23 just one year ago. Krejci did score a career high in goals and also had an 11 game points streak at one point, but then it was as if Krejci took some time off. This man has the potential to be one of the best centers in the league at all times just not in spurts. The 28-year-old has been tossed around in some trade rumors for the Bruins and fans may not mind if he continues to be this inconsistent.
Krejci needs to play at that elite level at all times and lead the Bruins because with his skill set there should be no reason why he cannot score 25 goals per year and assist on another 30. His vision and hands are two assets that he needs to take full advantage of.
Mark’s Grade: C
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