Bruins “youth movement” bringing some much needed energy
At least for the time being, the latest trend of Bruins youngsters have provided the team with some much needed energy.
Oddly enough it’s coming after David Krejci went down with a partially torn MCL after the B’s 5-1 shellacking from the St. Louis Blues last Friday. Since then, Brian Ferlin, Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak have given the Black and Gold a spark and that continued in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Since Krejci went down with an injury, the B’s have gone 3-1-0. Not bad for a team who lost their top center.
“When young guys come into the lineup, you hope they bring an excitement, and young legs and [good] skating legs,” said Milan Lucic, who scored his second goal in four games with Spooner and Pastrnak as his linemates. “I think all three of them [Pastrnak, Spooner and Ferlin] have been good for us since the Chicago game. The main thing is that the young guys coming in, you want to feed off their excitement of coming in to the NHL and it’s good to see them playing with that and gaining confidence as they’re playing more games.”
Excitement and execution. That is what Spooner, Pastrnak and Ferlin have brought in the last four games.
Pastrnak has been providing sparks of dazzling play, but the Bruins’ first round pick in 2014 is creating more opportunities with his slick playmaking ability. In the four games since Krejci’s injury, the Czech forward has a goal and three assists, including a helper on Lucic’s 13th of the season just 2:40 into the first period.
Spooner, who has been called up several times during his three seasons in the Bruins organization, is trying to make the most of his recent call up from Providence. In what some might consider his last shot to make an impact with the big club, Spooner has done just that with a goal and two assists, including his first career goal – and the overtime winner – against the Devils on Friday night.
Although he’s been getting fourth line minutes with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron, Ferlin is providing something that line hasn’t seen all season – agility. The speedy forward has an assist in his first five career games and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around as well.
“I thought they played extremely well since being recalled Spoons,” Kelly said about Spooner, Ferlin and Pastrnak. “[Ryan Spooner] with the big goal last night, David [Pastrnak] you can see his game growing each game and same with [Brian] Ferlin. I played with him I think the last three games and he works hard, he’s heavy on the puck. He skates well, he makes the right plays. He’s done a great job since he’s been up.”
With the trade deadline looming, Peter Chiarelli will look to acquire some assets to help strengthen the Bruins’ roster for the long run.
For the short-term however, the excitement and execution from the Bruins “youth movement” is exactly what they need.