The Boston Bruins’ second-line right-wing position has been a revolving door over the last few seasons.
Veteran leader and second-line center David Krejci spent most of his career without a bonified top-six forward to his right. In recent years, the Bruins failed to address that top six scoring depth outside of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.
Boston GM Don Sweeney didn’t do anything to change those fortunes this off-season, and once again, the Bruins are betting on a remedy from within the organization.
Yet Krejci, who spent his summer in South Carolina, shrugged off any ongoing concerns about that revolving door to his right.
“Not really,” Krejci said about the second line right wing hole following Wednesday’s captains’ practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “This summer for me was just to get in the best shape I could be in. Whoever is going to be on my right side I know they worked as hard as any of us here this summer and will be ready to go. I’ll try to help them out, I’m sure they’ll help me out too and we’ll create chemistry. That’s something you always try to establish early on and carry into the regular season.”
Krejci tied his career-high in points with 73 in 2018-19. That’s a remarkable accomplishment considering the plethora of right wingers flanking him last season, including David Backes, Marcus Johansson, Karson Kuhlman and Danton Heinen.
A plethora of in-house candidates will once again vie for that second line void with Krejci and Jake DeBrusk during training camp. Notable candidates include Heinen, Kuhlman, Backes, Charlie Coyle, Jack Studnicka, Zach Senyshyn and Anders Bjork.
Bruce Cassidy will have his hands full trying to find that match for Krejci and DeBrusk. The Bruins would like nothing more than to shut that revolving second line door for good in 2019-20.
Matt is a recent graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in sports journalism and a minor in business. He currently reports on the Boston Bruins and writes featured stories and game recaps for both Bruins Daily and Boston.com
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