5 Reasons Boston Bruins Are the Scariest Team in Hockey in 2012-13
They will be one of the hardest teams to play against in the NHL.
Over the past couple of years the Bruins have been considered one of the most successful teams in the league.
Three of the past four years the Bruins have won the Northeast division, and they are only two years removed of their last Stanley Cup.
The original six franchise has been successful in the NHL since the league was established in 1917.
With six championships to their name, there are many reasons why the Bruins will be one of the scariest teams in the NHL next year.
One name comes to mind when thinking about size in the NHL.
The 6'9" 255-pound Slovak has been one of the most feared players in the NHL since he was drafted back in 1996.
The guy is pure strength, and his slap shot says it all. Every goalie in the league begs that Chara will not get a chance to wind up his 108.8 mph cannon.
Forgetting his slap shot, how many players are courageous enough to go into a corner with a guy that is over seven feet while on skates?
The captain has slowed down his fighting partially due to injuries and partially due to the lack of combatants that are willing to take on his size. He fought a total of 26 times between 2000 and 2006, and since then has only fought nine times.
No problem if Chara doesn’t want to fight though. The Bruins get most of their goon work out of Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton anyway. Both of which recorded over 130 penalty minutes last season.
Lucic is one tough cookie too. Last year, he led the Bruins with 201 hits and did not sacrifice scoring because of it. He also scored 61 points and recorded a career high in assists with 35.
Not a guy you want to drop the mitts or battle in front of the net with.
He, Chara and many others will do a great job of intimidating scorers on opposing teams, while at the same time providing a lot of offense.
The Bruins arguably have had the deepest teams in the NHL over the past three years, which makes them so hard to play against.
Teams might as well throw out the strategy of matching up a defensive line against the Bruins’ scoring line. All of the Bruins’ lines are scoring lines.
Eight current offensive players on the Bruins roster have scored 20 plus goals at least one time in their career.
Not to mention that most of these players not only fill the role of goal scorer, but also serve as either a playmaker or an agitator.
All six defensemen on the roster are more than capable of shutting down the best the NHL has to offer. Some of them are even capable of contributing to the offense.
They also have a phenomenal goalie in Tuukka Rask, who will get a shot at the starting role now that Tim Thomas has decided to take the year off.
In the future, the Bruins goaltending will still be in good hands when first-round pick Malcolm Subban is NHL ready.
Aside from a few veterans, the Bruins' success is mostly attributed to their young talent.
Tyler Seguin, who just signed a six-year contract extension, is only 20 years old and still led the team in points last season.
Three of the Bruins' top five scorers last year have less than five years experience in the NHL.
Now that Thomas is gone, the Bruins' new starting goaltender, Tuukka Rask (25), will get some time in between the pipes.
Patrice Bergeron, Lucic and Brad Marchand are all also relatively young and have already proved to be leaders on the team.
This is a team where youth and experience come hand in hand.
Sixteen active players on the Bruins were on the Stanley Cup winning team back in 2011.
Having a team where 16 names are already engraved on the Cup is as about as experienced as it gets.
Playing deep in the playoffs, let alone the finals, is an intangible attribute that most players are not fortunate enough to have.
On the Bruins even young guns like Bergeron, Lucic, Seguin, Marchand and Rich Peverly already have this experience.
Tuukka Rask will be taking over the starting role left by Tim Thomas this year.
This should not worry Bruins fans at all, they should be thinking the complete opposite actually.
Rask has been on the Bruins his whole career and has not yet had a chance to prove himself as a full-time goaltender in the NHL.
Yet to record 40 starts in a season, Rask has still acquired 11 career shutouts.
In 92 career games started, Rask’s 11 shutouts should average out to about eight or nine a season if he starts over 60 games.
Rask’s arguably has been the best backup in the NHL for the past three years and now that he has a shot to play full time, he will make the most of it.
With a phenomenal defense in front of him, anchored by Chara, Rask will put up amazing numbers this season.
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