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The Bruins' corps of young stars, vital to the team's regular season success a year ago, will likely be the primary victim of the lockout.
The continued development of Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand is essential to the Bruins' pursuit of another Stanley Cup.
The elusive 30-goal scorer Bruins fans have demanded for years could already be wearing black and gold. In fact, Bruins brass should be happy to have possibly come by two such players.
The only threat to the their continued ascent towards elite status is the drought of NHL game experience due to the lockout. Losing part or all of the 2012-13 campaign could considerably delay the development of these potential superstars.
Brad Marchand made a name for himself with a spectacular playoff run as a rookie, which he capped off with two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The feisty winger followed up with 28 goals last season, good for second on the team.
The sky is the limit for Marchand, especially if he begins to contribute on the power play. Marchand has yet to announce his plans for the lockout.
Tyler Seguin, who recently signed a contract with Swiss club EHC Biel, led the Bruins in both goals (29) and points (67) in just his second season. The former second overall pick is due for a breakout season that could rival some of the NHL's best. Seguin found himself in early consideration for the Hart Trophy after a hot start last season.
Seguin is the Bruins' best shot at having a 100-point player and should be a perennial all-star for years to come, unless his meteoric rise is slowed by the lesser quality of competition in Switzerland.