Boston Bruins: 6 Predictions for the 2012-2013 Season
Let's face facts—the Boston Bruins are most likely not going to acquire Zach Parise.
This offseason is about locking up key pieces to the team. Rask is going to demand a hefty raise, and Seguin and Lucic will both need new deals next offseason. Bergeron is another guy who isn't far off from needing a new deal.
Don't let Parise get you down—the Bruins have a lot to look forward to next season. Dougie Hamilton should join the Bruins ranks next season, and he is an extremely talented defenseman. The Bruins also have a healthy Nathan Horton to look forward to, and most importantly, a better Tyler Seguin who now has the experience of a full NHL season.
This next season will be one to remember for sure. Here are six predictions about the upcoming Bruins season.
Dougie Hamilton Wins the Calder
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Dougie Hamilton is considered one of the best prospects set to join the NHL ranks next season. His poise with the puck, physical presence and outstanding defensive play will earn him the Calder Trophy for the league's best rookie next season.
Hamilton will win an extremely close race against Nail Yakupov and Jonathan Huberdeau. He will also win the Bruins Seventh Player Award, awarded to the player who most exceeds expectations.
Tyler Seguin Breaks the 80-Point Barrier
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Tyler Seguin will have a career year next season.
He will grow even stronger this offseason and will start to play to his full potential. He will break the 30-goal mark en route to his 80-point season, and his defensive play will also improve.
Seguin will develop into a leader on the team both on and off the ice, and will be counted on to perform in the playoffs.
Look for Seguin to challenge the cream of the Eastern Conference crop.
Benoit Pouliot Will Score 25 Goals
Benoit Pouliot has made his name by failing to live up to the lofty expectations of a fourth overall pick. He will finally silence some of his critics.
Pouliot will be brought back to Boston on a two-year deal, and will have a career year as a result. Pouliot will also benefit from Hamilton's presence and will develop as a clutch performer for the Bruins.
Hey, he has all the tools of a NHL superstar. He just needs to put them to use.
Patrice Bergeron Reaches 70 Points
Bergeron will have his best year as a Bruins since the 2005-2006 season, where he accumulated 31 goals and 73 points.
He will be fresh off a Selke Trophy acquisition, and will continue to dominate both ends of the ice. Like this past season, he will play against the best the opposing team has to offer and still manage to score consistently.
The Bruins Will Have a Power Play
The Bruins will boast a feared power play for the first time since Bourque and Neely laced 'em up.
They finished in the middle of the pack this year, but next year will be a different story. Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara will combine on the points and create the most fearsome offensive duo in the league. Hamilton's passing ability with Chara's shot equals amazing power-play success.
The Bruins Win the Stanley Cup
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The Bruins will win it all in 2012-2013.
They will do it in dominating fashion, too. They will be lead by Tuukka Rask in net and Hamilton and Chara on defense. The Bruins' five-on-five offense will continue to be arguably the best in the NHL, and they will play better defensively instead of relying on their goalie.
Get the duck boats ready. The Cup is coming home.