The Boston Bruins, along with NESN, annually allocate an award to the player who goes above and beyond the expectations of the fans. This year, while there are many deserving players, such as Blake Wheeler or Matt Hunwick, the award will likely, and deservedly, go to Bruins center David Krejci.
Krejci, the B’s second round draft choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, was a diamond in the rough, being drafted amongst the likes of NHL All-Star Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins standout Evgeni Malkin.
In his first year playing for the Bruins at the NHL level, Krejci compiled 27 points through 56 games. He did so in a manner that showed much promise in the 22-year-old.
Through 60 games this season, Krejci has surpassed other standouts such as Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler, compiling 59 points. Krejci is also among the league leaders in assists and total points, ranking 13th and 18th, respectively.
One aspect, however, that cannot go unnoticed about Krejci is his importance to the club. It is fair to say that his superb scoring and speed, while very important, pale in comparison to his know-how and fundamentals that he brings to the Bruins.
Krejci simply has a nose for the puck that cannot be taught. That, along with his other skills, makes David Krejci the best choice for the Bruins seventh player award.